A Wizard of Earthsea Test | Final 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. Why does Ged tell Vetch to row?

2. What does Ged offer to be in order to get on board a ship to the Court of Terrenor?

3. What has Ged developed?

4. Who is listening to their conversation?

5. How does Ged help the villagers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ged realize the Shadow's name?

2. What does Vetch's comment that he was there in beginning so he should be there in the end, mean in context of the story?

3. Why does LeGuin change the point of view from Ged to Ogion?

4. In what way does Ged show he is still not mature enough to defeat the Shadow?

5. At what point in this chapter does Ged show his increasing maturity?

6. Why do you think Ged decides magic is not everything?

7. Why is it significant that Ged and Vetch travel through uncharted seas?

8. What do you think Otak's death symbolizes?

9. Is Ged romantically interested in Yarrow?

10. Why does Ged seek security at Roke and not in his hometown in Gont?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A Wizard of Earthsea details Ged's coming of age.

1) What problems does Ged have to overcome? How does he overcome them? At what point does Ged become free of his problems and how does he react to this freedom?

2) What do you think would have happened to Ged if he went to Roke instead of facing the Shadow? Do you think this would have signified his defeat.

3) Discuss why it is so important for Ged to achieve something special? What do you think has triggered his ambition.

Essay Topic 2

Pick one of the following themes from the story and discuss how it contributes to the story's meaning.

1) Pride.

2) Coming of Age

3) Friendship

Essay Topic 3

The book follows Ged through some of the important years of his life and divides it into three periods.

1) From 7-13 at the the Gont village.

2) From 13-16 training to be a wizard, first with Ogion and then at the wizard school in Roke.

3) From 16 he tries to find himself in the world.

Take one of the periods and discuss what he learns and the problems he faces.

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