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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 enables Egwene to keep control of Marigan?

2. What has Faile done regarding Colavaere?

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

4. What is Rand doing at the beginning of Chapter 2?

5. Where is Mat attacked?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Rand and his group find when they enter Cairhien, and about what is Perrin worried?

2. Who are meeting at Carridin's home?

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

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

5. Who are Perrin's prisoners, what do many think should be done about them, and how does Perrin feel about it?

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

7. What happens when Rand confronts Colavaere?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

As in many fantasy novels, magic is an inherent part of a few of the characters and can be wielded by other characters, though not as an inherent aspect of their nature. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the use of magic/channeling source in "A Crown of Swords". Who possesses the ability to channel source as an inherent aspect of their nature? How does the inequality between those who can channel and those who can impact the plot of "A Crown of Swords"?

2. Why do you think magic exists in so many fantasy novels? Do you think a novel can be "fantasy" and there be no magic as a part of the storyline? Why?

3. Would you desire to possess the ability to use magic if there were such a talent in our world? Why? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of possessing such an ability?

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