A Crown of Swords Test | 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. To whom has Rand been bonded?

2. What is on the ring Mat just bought?

3. What will Perrin defend if necessary?

4. What does Egwene ask of Lan?

5. What does Egwene do back at her tent to contact her friends?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Marigan and how does Egwene control her?

5. What does Sammael order and how does Carridin counter the order after Sammael is gone?

6. Whom do Elayne and Nynaeve visit to learn about the Bowl of Winds and what are they told?

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

8. Describe the conversation between Cadsuane and several Aes Sedai who accompany Rand.

9. Describe the conversation between Bryne and Egwene as they are riding together.

10. How do the other Aes Sedai who are there respond to Egwene's actions regarding Lan and what is Egwene's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "A Crown of Swords".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "A Crown of Swords". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "A Crown of Swords". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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