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. Where does Ogion say Ged can go?

2. Which Master keeps Ged alive?

3. What does Ogion do when he enters the room?

4. Why is Ged reluctant to help Pechvarry's dying son?

5. Why is Ged glad to be back at school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ged running away from the Shadow symbolize?

3. Is it significant that characters can deplete the powers of both wizards and dragons by saying their real names?

4. What do you think the differences are between a town witch and a wizard?

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

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

7. What part has tradition, ancient artifacts, and ancient languages played in the story so far?

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

9. Why do you think Ged is so enthusiastic about going to Wizard School?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the importance of ancient traditions in the novel. Do you think tradition holds Ged and the younger characters back? How does it affect the tone of the novel? Does it represent a split between the younger and older generations?

Essay Topic 2

The Wizard of Earthsea was written in 1968, a year after the summer of love and consequently communicates some of the concerns of that period. Choose one of the following ideas from the book and discuss how they reflect the concerns of sixties culture.

1) Good vs evil

2) Friendship and adventure in preference to shutting yourself away from the world.

3) The importance of tradition.

Essay Topic 3

Ged builds some lasting friendships, but he also makes enemies. One of these enemies is Jasper. Discuss the importance of Jasper as a character. What purpose does he serve in the story? How is he important to Ged's development? Why do you think Le Guin does not bring him him back to the story.

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