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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. How does Perrin calm down Faile?

2. Whose voice does Rand hear in his head?

3. Where are Mat and Beslan going?

4. What does Mistress Anan tell Mat?

5. Whom has Egwene been hiding?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Mat meets Beslan.

3. What is Queen Morgase portrayed as doing in the Prologue?

4. What does Rand ask of Perrin and what does Perrin say to Rand about the prisoner Aes Sedai?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rand al'Thor is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds against him, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Which is more admirable, a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and does not succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Rand whom you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Compare/contrast Rand and Mat. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both protagonists? Antagonists? Or? Are they likable characters? How critical are they to the plot of "A Crown of Swords"? Who do you like the most of the two? Why? Do you think they each are critical to the success of "A Crown of Swords"?

2. Compare/contrast Rand and Perrin. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both protagonists? Antagonists? Or? Are they likable characters? How critical are they to the plot of "A Crown of Swords"? Who do you like the most of the two? Why? Do you think they each are critical to the success of "A Crown of Swords"?

3. Compare/contrast Mat and Perrin. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both protagonists? Antagonists? Or? Are they likable characters? How critical are they to the plot of "A Crown of Swords"? Who do you like the most of the two? Why? Do you think they each are critical to the success of "A Crown of Swords"?

Essay Topic 3

Symbols are an important part of the story of "A Crown of Swords". Some of the symbols carry over from other books in the series. Discuss one of the following:

1. One of the most important symbols of the entire Wheel of Time series is that of the Dragon. Discuss and analyze using specific examples the symbol of the dragon.

2. One of the characters, Min Farshaw, sees symbols circling the heads of many of the characters. Discuss the symbols Min sees circling the heads of three of the characters.

3. There are a number of symbols associated with the presence of good and evil. Discuss these and their meanings.

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