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 are the students assigned?

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

3. Where does Talia go for Midwinter festival?

4. What does Talia name the horse?

5. Who is playing the instrument?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Talia's duty for her first day of classes and what does she learn there?

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

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

4. What are Heralds and Companions?

5. Who are Blues and what do most of the Heralds think of them?

6. What is Teren's expectation about Talia's response to the note and is he correct?

7. What is Talia's social life like in her holding?

8. What does Elcarth show Talia and what room most excites her?

9. What continues unabated and what does Talia do?

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

Mercedes lackey is one of the most prolific writers of Fantasy in our time. It is useful to know about her not just because she authored Arrows of the Queen, but because her authorial life is quite astounding. Discuss the following:

1. Research Lackey and write a brief biography of her.

2. What do you find to be most impressive about Lackey?

3. What do you think is Lackey's greatest accomplishment?

4. If you were told that you had to write the number of books Lackey has written (the number of which you should ascertain in your research), how would you respond?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of a book such as Arrows of the Queen place themselves in the position of someone like Talia, wondering about what their response would be in a similar situation. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Arrows of the Queen help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Arrows of the Queen? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident to discuss and compare Talia's response to how you think you would respond.

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