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. How many Heralds die in the first year Talia is at the Collegium?

2. What does Talia say as to why Skif is in the records room?

3. What does Talia still need to do as far as her time at the Collegium?

4. How does Talia break off her connection to Ylsa?

5. What does Talia promise Elspeth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Talia learn about Hulda's actions concerning Elspeth?

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

3. What subject does Sherrill broach with Talia before Sherrill leaves on her first assignment?

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

5. How does the Queen retrieve the arrows that killed Ylsa?

6. What is disconcerting about Elspeth?

7. Who does Talia confide in and what does he tell her?

8. What other gifts does it appear Talia possesses?

9. How is Talia saved from drowning?

10. What is the circumstances of Elspeth being accepted in the community of Heralds?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. What do you think is the purpose of irony? Discuss the irony of the situation that Talia is reading a book on Heralds and Companions and is suddenly "chosen" by Rolan, a Companion. What other irony occurs in Arrows of the Queen? Discuss two or three incidences of irony and whether they enhance your reading experience.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Arrows of the Queen.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Arrows of the Queen.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Silent Prey is? Explain your response.

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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