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 still need to do as far as her time at the Collegium?

2. What is not done before Hulda vanishes?

3. How does Talia fight back?

4. Why does Talia decide to check in on Ylsa with her mind?

5. What is revealed about the harassment of Talia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to demonstrate that the harassing has gone beyond school kids' pranks?

2. What does Talia learn about Herald's Gifts?

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

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

5. What does Skif ask of Talia and how does Talia respond?

6. How is Talia saved from drowning?

7. How does Ylsa help the Queen learn who killed Ylsa?

8. What makes a significant change in Elspeth's attitude towards companions?

9. What is disconcerting about Elspeth?

10. What does Talia learns about Hulda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whenever reading a fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains a different world. In the case of Arrows of the Queen, much of the setting would be familiar to the reader, though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of Talia's world that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in Talia's world. Define the words as used in in Talia's world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of Arrows of the Queen. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that inArrows of the Queen? What word(s)?

3. Were there any words you never really understood in Arrows of the Queen? Which ones?

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

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.

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