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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 a prisoner of the Whitecloaks?

2. What are Falion and Ispan doing?

3. Why is Faile enraged at Perrin?

4. What does Mistress Anan tell Mat?

5. With whom is Queen Morgase playing a game?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lady Suroth want and what are Morgase's thoughts about the request?

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

4. Whom does Mat find in his room and whom does he realize the person is?

5. Who comes in after Omerna stabs Niall and what does the man do?

6. What happens at Sevanna's camp when she calls upon "Caddar"?

7. What is Queen Morgase portrayed as doing in the Prologue?

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

9. What does Elayne tell the women in the Circle that causes much emotion?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "A Crown of Swords" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "A Crown of Swords" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that "A Crown of Swords" is a novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Traveling in the Wheel of Time series evolves, a phenomenon that also helps the book's pacing. First, Rand and the others travel by foot and horse; then the "Ways" are introduced, which significantly cuts down on the time it takes to get from one point to another. In "A Crown of Swords", Rand uses a portal stone for travel across vast distances; however, one must first walk to a portal stone, so the travel cannot be said to be instantaneous. Finally, in a later book, a technique called "Traveling" is introduced where a doorway is magically "sliced" into the air and one can instantly be where s/he wants to go. Discuss the following:

1. What is the advantage of having the characters travel by horse and foot across long distances requiring significant amounts of time? What are the disadvantages?

2. How is the plot affected when the ability to travel from point A to point B is drastically reduced? Give examples from the book.

3. How would one or two scenes in "A Crown of Swords" be affected if Rand or any other channeling individual could not instantly move from one place to another?

Essay Topic 3

Several of the Forsaken appear in "A Crown of Swords". Discuss the following:

1. Who are the Forsaken and what do you think is their role in the Wheel of Time series (you should be able to figure this out through what is said in "A Crown of Swords").

2. Compare/contrast the Forsaken with those in power that are supposedly on the "good" side--such as the Aes Sedai, the Whitecloaks and some Aiel.

3. Discuss the implications of Nynaeve being able to capture Moghedien and Rand having Asmodean to heel.

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