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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 questions do Kris and Talia answer at the village where they sleep for the first night?

2. Where does Dirk say many of the Heralds are going when they slip out of the palace during the festivities?

3. When will Talia's internship with Kris begin?

4. Where is the formal investiture to take place?

5. What does Kris do to avoid being set upon by the court beauties?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the interaction between Kris and his uncle.

2. How does Talia adjudicate her first case?

3. How does Kris explain his relationship with Dirk and what he hopes Dirk will find?

4. What is the worse mistake that the Queen's Own, Talamir, makes?

5. How does Talia's gift cause a little tension between Talia and Kris?

6. What starts Kris and Talia's journey off a little roughly?

7. What does Kyril teach Talia?

8. What surprise awaits Talia later that day?

9. What concerns Talia about Elspeth?

10. Why does Alberich have Talia continue to train with Elspeth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Arrow's Flight could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Talia, the main character. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Arrow's Flight as a bildungsroman of Talia. Give specific examples. What does Talia learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Do you think young people in our modern culture go through a coming of age period? Do you think the concept of "coming of age" is inherent in the human experience? Why or why not.

4. Do you think you have lived through a "coming of age" period in your own life? Discuss as thoroughly as you willing to share.

Essay Topic 2

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Arrow's Flight is successful as a fantasy novel? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Mercedes Lackey's Herald and Companion series? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not.

4. Do you think that a reader expects that not all loose ends are tied up in a book in a series, unless it's the last book?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Arrow's Flight, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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