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. Why is Myrelle upset?

2. Who are Falion and Ispan?

3. What does Egwene tell Myrelle to do?

4. What worries Rand?

5. Who decides not to kill Sammael for the time being?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Egwene do that night in her dream state?

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

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

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

5. Who are meeting at Carridin's home?

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

7. What happens when Omerna comes into the room where Niall and Morgase are?

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

9. What does Rand know about Mat, Elayne, and Nynaeve, and what worries Rand about them?

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

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

"A Crown of Swords" belongs to the literary genre of fantasy fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly define the term genre and offer examples of it from your own reading experience. Why do you think it is useful to categorize fiction into genres? What could be a disadvantage of doing so?

2. What do you think is the main motivation for a person to read a fantasy novel? Is entertainment a suitable reason? Are there any other reasons to read this genre? What? Explain fully.

3. In academe, fantasy novels are often thought of as less literary than some other genres and for that reason are sometimes snubbed in the study of literature. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with this snobbery?

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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