Arrows of the Queen Test | Final 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 does Talia learn that her gift is?

2. Who greets Talia when she gets back to her room?

3. What is seen in the Northwest area of the country?

4. What is the advice given Talia by her confidant?

5. How does Talia help the Selenay?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Skif tell Talia about the Death Bell?

2. What does the Queen ask of Talia and what is Talia's response?

3. What other gifts does it appear Talia possesses?

4. Why is Skif dressed in black one night and why does Talia do the same?

5. How is Talia saved from drowning?

6. How is Talia's life at the Collegium three years after her arrival?

7. What does Talia ask Skif to do and how does she rescue him?

8. What does Talia do at the memorial service for Beltren?

9. How does Talia learn about Ylsa's death?

10. What does Talia decide she needs to do as she is growing in her gift and duties?

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

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Arrows of the Queen is successful as a fantasy novel? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Mercedes Lackey's Herald and Companion series? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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