A Wizard of Earthsea Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Ged ask the main dragon to do?

2. Why does Ogion say Ged has to learn the language?

3. With which of the boys does Ged become good friends?

4. How does Ged open the door to the wizard school?

5. to which island does Ged move?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Jasper and Ged become such enemies?

2. Describe Duny's life on Gont?

3. Why do you think it is important for Ged to have a nemesis like Jasper?

4. What do you think the shadow represents to Ged?

5. Do you think Duny has anything that initially sets him out from others?

6. What do you think Ged could learn with Ogion that he could not learn at a wizard school?

7. Why do you think Duny receives his new name on his 13th birthday?

8. What negative aspects of Ged's character does the reader learn about in this chapter?

9. Why do you think LeGuin's book harks back to the Middle Ages?

10. What signs of maturity does Ged show against the dragon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Wizard of Earthsea is a children's book and as such is very different in style to that of an adult book.

1) How is the language Le Guin's uses different from the language she would use in an adult book. Does she use shorter sentences and shorter paragraphs. What kind of vocabulary does she use?

2) How do the themes reflect the problems of childhood and adulthood? For what age group is a Wizard of Earthsea aimed?

Essay Topic 2

Using examples from the book discuss how Ged's personal journey makes a complete circle? Does he re-live similar situations? How does he react differently to them the second time round?

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, Ged has two choices--join the dark side or join the good side.

1) Who represents the good and dark sides in each part of the novel? What is each side working towards? Is Ged ever tempted to join the dark side?

2) Why do you think the Shadow appears? Does Le Guin foreshadow its presence? Is so, how?

3) What is it about Ged's character and upbringing that means he has to fight and defeat his darkside? Why do none of the other characters seem to have a similar problem?

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