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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 Lan?

2. To what group does Marigan belong?

3. Whose voice does Rand hear in his head?

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

5. Who supposedly has Rand under control?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Mat meets Beslan.

2. What are Falion and Ispan doing in Chapter 17?

3. What do the two young Aes Sedai say and do when they follow Egwene to her tent?

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

5. What does Perrin hear Rand doing after the battle and what is Perrin's response?

6. Who are meeting at Carridin's home?

7. What is Faile upset with Perrin and what does Perrin say to calm her?

8. What happens when Rand confronts Colavaere?

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Jordan treats the world of dreams as an actual world where what happens there can affect people when not in the dream world; for example, if one is killed in the dream world, they are dead in "real life." Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe and analyze the interactions between Moghedien and Nynaeve/Elayne in "A Crown of Swords".

2. Describe and analyze Tel'Aran'Rhiod and how it affects the plot in "A Crown of Swords".

3. Why do you think Jordan includes the world of Tel'Aran'Rhiod in his Wheel of Time series?

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