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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. What does Rand do after listening to Cadsuane for a while?

2. Where are Mat and Beslan going?

3. What does Bryne show Egwene?

4. Where does Mat go to find Nynaeve and Elayne?

5. To whom will Egwene give Lan's bond eventually?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Sevanna's interaction with "Caddar."

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

8. Who is Cadsuane? What does she say to Rand and what is his response?

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

10. What transpires between Rand and Perrin concerning the captured Aes Sedai?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Often, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why?

5. What type of plot do you think "A Crown of Swords" is? Explain your response.

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