Arrows of the Queen 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 is the duty of a herald?

2. What shocks Talia about the women guards she encounters?

3. Why does Keldar call Talia?

4. What does Talia do after learning what her father writes about her?

5. What seems to make Talia's journey easier?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Talia as she is walking back from archery practice and what does she do about it?

2. What does the older woman who came into Talia's room do and say and what does Talia tell the woman?

3. What does Rolan do when he and Talia arrive at the city?

4. What fantasy does Talia have after she escapes from the meeting with her father's wives?

5. Who is the woman who came into Talia's room and what does Talia find out from her?

6. What does a young girl do when she enters Talia's room and how does the woman who comes in respond to Talia's behavior?

7. Who does Talia meet during the break and what do they do together?

8. What does Sherrill take Talia to get?

9. What do some of the female students talk to Talia about in the bath area and what does Talia hope as she falls asleep?

10. What does the man in blue tell Talia she has to do when they talk to him at a small village?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Talia is harassed by a group of students called "Blues," who, for the most part are children of nobles in the Kingdom of Valdemar. Discuss the following:

1. Give a brief summary of who is harassing Talia, why, and the ways they are harassing her. Be sure to cite specific examples to demonstrate your exposition.

2. Do you think the "noble" born should be entitled to a privileged life by virtue of their birth? Why or why not?

3. Should nobility be awarded based upon one's achievements and character rather than birth? How would that system work?

4. Do you think the countries that still have an existent system of nobility will eventually discard it? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Sherrill approaches Talia before leaving on Herald business to explain to Talia about sex and birth control. It is obvious that the sexual mores of the Heralds is more liberal than those in which Talia is raised. Do you think Talia will change her sexual mores eventually? Why? Do most people discard beliefs in which they are raised if they begin living in a community with different beliefs? What do you think this says about beliefs?

2. Ylsa and Keren are two women who are lovers. Though few people in the community live a homosexual lifestyle, the women are accepted for who they are and are not condemned. Do you believe they should be accepted for who they are? Discuss their life as Heralds, which is similar to being soldiers, in light of the current debate about gays serving openly in the military.

3. As Talia grows and matures, her beliefs about many things change. Discuss Talia's changing in light of your own life as you left home and meet other people who thought differently from your own community.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

Trace and analyze the theme of power throughout Arrows of the Queen. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with power? Why? What are some symbols of power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

Trace and analyze the theme of magic throughout Arrows of the Queen. What characters are most concerned with magic? Why? What are some symbols of magic? How does a Herald's gift give an automatic advantage to someone over another who has no gifts? Is there abuse of this ability? Do you think the fact that Heralds are gifted creates resentment among the non-gifted populace?

Trace and analyze the theme of evil throughoutArrows of the Queen. What characters are what you would call evil? Why? What are some symbols of evil? Symbols of good? Are more characters evil than good or vice versa? Do you think in general there is less evil than good in Arrows of the Queen?

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