Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Describe the conspiracies found in the novel. What are the noble characters attempting to accomplish through subterfuge? How do the commoners mimic their superiors? Do any of these conspiracies accomplish the goals they were designed to achieve?
2. How does Martin use literary devices to maintain interest in the novel? What literary devices are used to maintain a constant pace of the action? From a literary point of view, how and why is the ending of the novel "unfinished"?
3. Describe the importance of love and loyalty in the novel....
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