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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 stops Talamir from carrying out his plan about Elspeth?

2. What does Selenay do to ensure holder children are allowed to leave the Hold?

3. What happens to Elspeth?

4. What does Talia see when she wakes and looks out the window?

5. What is one of Talia's greatest accomplishments to date?

Short Essay Questions

1. What news does Talia get that afternoon and who delivers the news?

2. Which counselors seem to react negatively to Elspeth and Talia?

3. What demonstrates the egalitarian nature of the Heralds?

4. Where do Kris and Dirk take Talia after she checks Rolan's equipment?

5. What occupies Talia in the three weeks before investiture?

6. What surprise awaits Talia later that day?

7. What does Talia find on her door when she rises the next morning?

8. What concerns Talia about Elspeth?

9. What occurs at the tack shed after the investiture?

10. Why do the Council meetings disturb Talia?

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

Arrow's Flight is one book in a series of novels involving Heralds and Companions. Discuss the following.

1. What are a couple advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters and/or setting? Use examples.

2. What are a couple disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters and/or setting? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. What do you think is the purpose of irony? Discuss the irony of the situation that Talia is involved sexually with Kris, when it's his best friend, Dirk, that Talia really feels attracted to? What other irony occurs in Arrow's Flight? Discuss two or three incidences of irony and whether they enhance your reading experience.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Arrow's Flight.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Arrow's Flight.

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