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 happens when the students return from Midwinter Festival?

2. Why does Sherrill get a white uniform?

3. What do her ambushers do?

4. What does the Queen want Talia to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Talia learns about Hulda?

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

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

9. How is Talia saved from drowning?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Arrows of the Queen based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Arrows of the Queen is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Arrows of the Queen is a novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? What about the fact that it is a fantasy novel? Explain.

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

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.

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