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 can Heralds increase their Gift?

2. Why does Talia rush to Keren?

3. What happens if Neave does not control his gift?

4. Who does Talia confide in concerning her problems?

5. What does Talia want for Elspeth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What other gifts does it appear Talia possesses?

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

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

4. What happens after the students return from Midwinter Festival?

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

6. What is disconcerting about Elspeth?

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

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

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

10. How is Talia saved from drowning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Arrows of the Queen, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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

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?

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