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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. Where are Mat and Beslan going?

2. What has Perrin figured out about Faile as they are walking to their rooms?

3. Who is Lady Shiaine?

4. Where does Rand's group arrive in Chapter 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Rand silence the voice of Lews Therin?

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

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

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

10. Who are meeting at Carridin's home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of power throughout "A Crown of Swords". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with power? Why? What are some symbols of power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of magic throughout "A Crown of Swords". What characters are most concerned with magic? Why? What are some symbols of magic? How does the ability to channel give an automatic advantage to someone over another who cannot channel? Is there abuse of this ability?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of evil throughout "A Crown of Swords". What characters are what you would call evil? Why? What are some symbols of evil? Symbols of good? Are more characters evil than good or vice versa? Do you think in general, there is less evil than good in the book?

Essay Topic 2

"A Crown of Swords" is one book in a series of novels involving the Dragon Reborn. Discuss the following.

1. What are some advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are some disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier, more difficult, or about the same to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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