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. About what does Talia worry?

2. What is special about the day that Keldar calls Talia?

3. What does Talia complete in the next few days?

4. What sounds automatically when a Herald is killed?

5. What amazes Talia about the horse she encounters?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Teren show Talia one day after class?

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

3. What does Sherrill take Talia to get?

4. Why do most of the students go home, and why doesn't Talia do the same?

5. What are the first two tasks Talia does when she and the Companion stop at their first rest?

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

7. What is Talia amazed to see at the next town she and Rolan come to and what is she told to do?

8. What continues unabated and what does Talia do?

9. Where does Talia go after her second weapons class and how does she do with the class?

10. What is Elcarth's position in the palace, what does he notice about Talia's personality and her knowledge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Arrows of the Queen and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Arrows of the Queen is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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