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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wishes to speak to Mat while he is at the palace?

2. What is Rand doing at the beginning of Chapter 2?

3. What does Perrin say he will not let Rand do?

4. To what group does Marigan belong?

5. Who is Cadsuane?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rand silence the voice of Lews Therin?

2. Who is watching Caddar, aka Sammael, interact with Sevanna and what does she decide?

3. What does a Maiden tell Rand when he arrives outside of Cairhien?

4. Why did Faile align herself with Colavaere?

5. What does Perrin hear Rand doing after the battle and what is Perrin's response?

6. What message does Mat write to Elayne and Nynaeve and what does he notice about the ring with which he seals the message?

7. Why does Myrelle bond Lan as a warder and what is Egwene's response?

8. What difficulty does Mat find himself in when he returns to his room at the Inn?

9. How does Myrelle act as she is riding with Egwene and Siuan and why is she acting this way?

10. Who are Perrin's prisoners, what do many think should be done about them, and how does Perrin feel about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of "A Crown of Swords", much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. there are woods, mountains, rivers, oceans, etc.), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of "A Crown of Swords" that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in "A Crown of Swords".

2. Define the words as used in the world of "A Crown of Swords" and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of "A Crown of Swords". Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in "A Crown of Swords"? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from "A Crown of Swords"? Which ones?

Essay Topic 2

Rand al'Thor is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds against him, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Which is more admirable, a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and does not succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Rand whom you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Rand becomes much more upset over the deaths of women than he is over those of men, especially if he thinks he is in some way responsible. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Rand's attitude towards women versus men. How are they similar/different? Is he less harsh towards women? Does he treat some women (such as Aes Sedai) differently than others?

2. When Perrin approaches Rand after a battle Rand is reciting a long list of women who have died because of him. Discuss and analyze this situation in light of Rand's attitude towards women and his thoughts about what happens in this scene.

3. Does Rand need to re-evaluate his attitude towards women? Why?

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