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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 are the Blues?

2. Where does Talia go for Midwinter festival?

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

4. What does Talia's father claim?

5. Under what circumstances does Talia usually come to the attention of the community?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What class does Talia go to after weapons training and what is some of the information she gets there?

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

5. What are Heralds and Companions?

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

7. What does Talia learn about the Companions?

8. Why is Talia called into a meeting with her father's wives?

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

10. How does Talia know where to go when she leaves with the Companion and where is the first place they stop?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast Talia's living situation in the Holding with hers by the end of the novel. How are they different? How are they the same? How do their differences influence the person Talia is?

2. Compare/contrast Elspeth at the beginning of the novel with who she is by the end of the novel. How is she different? How is she the same? Are the changes she goes through all positive? Which "Elspeth" do you like better?

3. Compare/contrast Tlaia at the beginning of the novel with who she is by the end of the novel. How is she different? How is she the same? Are the changes she goes through all positive? Which "Talia" do you like better?

Essay Topic 2

Arrows of the Queen 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 Arrows of the Queen as a bildungsroman of Talia. Give specific examples. What does Talia learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze Arrows of the Queen as a coming of age story for Elspeth. Give specific examples. What does Elspeth learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Discuss five literary devices that occur in Arrows of the Queen and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

2. What do you think are the reasons students are encouraged to understand literary devices? Do you think an understanding of the structure of a work of fiction enhances the reading experience? Why or why not?

3. Do you think authors make a conscious effort to include literary devices into their writing? Discuss your answer. Do you think it would be difficult to consciously create metaphor, simile, puns, etc...? Why or why not.

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