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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. Whom did Lews Therin kill?

2. Who are Falion and Ispan?

3. What does Lord Bryne want of Egwene?

4. What is on the ring Mat just bought?

5. Whom does Faile fail to acknowledge?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Rand during the fighting, though at first it seems insignificant?

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

3. Why did Faile align herself with Colavaere?

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

5. What does Beslan say to Mat about Beslan's mother, Tylin, and how does Mat feel about what Beslan says?

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

7. Who are meeting at Carridin's home?

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

9. What transpires between Rand and Perrin concerning the captured Aes Sedai?

10. What does Lady Suroth want and what are Morgase's thoughts about the request?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The word "ta'veren" is used frequently in "A Crown of Swords" and in all the other books in Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Discuss the following:

1. Explain the concept of ta'veren and give examples of it to illustrate your explanation.

2. Do you think Jordan uses instances of ta'veren as a narrative contrivance? Why? Give examples to support your stance.

3. How do you think the concept of ta'veren adds to the complexity of the novel? Explain using examples.

Essay Topic 2

Often, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why?

5. What type of plot do you think "A Crown of Swords" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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