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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Lan?

2. Who is Elayne?

3. Whose voice does Rand hear in his head?

4. What is Rand trying to convince some rulers about Aes Sedai?

5. Whom did Lews Therin kill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What voice does Rand hear as he draws in saidin?

2. What happens just as the practice sword fight starts?

3. Describe the first encounter between Mat and Tylin when Mat moves to the Palace.

4. What do Rand and his group find when they enter Cairhien, and about what is Perrin worried?

5. What are Falion and Ispan doing in Chapter 17?

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

7. Why did Faile align herself with Colavaere?

8. What happens to Rand during the fighting, though at first it seems insignificant?

9. What does Beslan say to Mat about Beslan's mother, Tylin, and how does Mat feel about what Beslan says?

10. What happens as Nynaeve is on a boat to go meet with the Sea Folk?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Jordan treats the world of dreams as an actual world where what happens there can affect people when not in the dream world; for example, if one is killed in the dream world, they are dead in "real life." Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe and analyze the interactions between Moghedien and Nynaeve/Elayne in "A Crown of Swords".

2. Describe and analyze Tel'Aran'Rhiod and how it affects the plot in "A Crown of Swords".

3. Why do you think Jordan includes the world of Tel'Aran'Rhiod in his Wheel of Time series?

Essay Topic 2

The word "ta'veren" is used frequently in "A Crown of Swords" and in all the other books in Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Discuss the following:

1. Explain the concept of ta'veren and give examples of it to illustrate your explanation.

2. Do you think Jordan uses instances of ta'veren as a narrative contrivance? Why? Give examples to support your stance.

3. How do you think the concept of ta'veren adds to the complexity of the novel? Explain using examples.

Essay Topic 3

Though it is not a part of "A Crown of Swords", the readers are given enough information to learn that Rand al'Thor was, up until a short time ago, a shepherd in a small village in Two Rivers. Discuss the following:

1. How do you think Rand has changed from who he was before Moiraine comes to his village to the Rand he is in "A Crown of Swords"?

2. Why do you think Jordan chooses a young, unknown man to be the hero of the series?

3. How would the book have been different if Rand had been a prince?

4. How would the book have been different if the Dragon Reborn had been a female?

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