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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 Elayne?
2. What does Lord Bryne want of Egwene?
3. What does Mistress Anan tell Mat?
4. What is Rand trying to convince some rulers about Aes Sedai?
5. What does Perrin say he will not let Rand do?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Nynaeve and Lan's first interaction since he arrived in Ebou Dou.
2. What do the two young Aes Sedai say and do when they follow Egwene to her tent?
3. What does Perrin decide to do after his argument with Rand?
4. How does Rand silence the voice of Lews Therin?
5. What do Rand and his group find when they enter Cairhien, and about what is Perrin worried?
6. How do the women in the Circle respond to Elayne's arrival with some other Aes Sedai?
7. What happens at Sevanna's camp when she calls upon "Caddar"?
8. Why did Faile align herself with Colavaere?
9. Whom do Elayne and Nynaeve visit to learn about the Bowl of Winds and what are they told?
10. What does Beslan say to Mat about Beslan's mother, Tylin, and how does Mat feel about what Beslan says?
Essay Topic 1
"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 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation that the Seanchan who leash and control the damane (women who can channel) can actually channel also. What other irony can you find in "A Crown of Swords"? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why?
2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "A Crown of Swords". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?
3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "A Crown of Swords" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why? Some possible devices: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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