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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. When the reader is introduced to the gods' game, which three players have already been knocked out of the game?

2. As the four men part ways on the hilltop, what does Rincewind feel compelled to do?

3. As Bravd and Weasel leave Rincewind and Twoflower, where are Bravd and Weasel headed?

4. What happens to Twoflower when Withel distracts Rincewind?

5. Why does Rincewind take most of the pictures during the tour of the city with Twoflower?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the captain of the ship that rescued Twoflower and Rincewind tell his men to get into the raft and set the ship on fire?

2. What was said to be true about a man who owned a needle made of octiron?

3. Why does the city of Krull have a very nautical feel to it?

4. What is the Luggage made from?

5. Why did the researchers lower an instrument over the Edge?

6. What is the agreement between Ymor and Zlorf?

7. What are the two men sitting on the hillside discussing as they watch the fire burn?

8. If the Big Bang theory is correct, what will happen when the great turtle reaches the Time of Mating?

9. Why does the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork insist that Rincewind acts as Twoflower's guide?

10. What does Withel insist upon as he confronts Rincewind?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Chapter One begins with researchers trying to examine the Great A'Tuin in order to figure out how and why their universe was created.

a. Compare and contrast the main theories operating in Discworld as to the great turtle and what its purpose is.

b. How does the exploration of the universe's creation in the story parallel efforts in today's world to determine our world's creation?

Essay Topic 2

Many times throughout the story, Rincewind's wizardry skills come into question. Describe Rincewind's magical capabilities. How do his magical capabilities both help and hinder the situations that he and Twoflower find themselves in? Provide specific examples. How does being called a "gutter wizard" effect Rincewind's self-esteem, confidence, and willingness to prove himself a "real" magician? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses two different literary techniques as the story is told. Describe the techniques of both flashbacks and foreshadowing. How are each of these techniques used in the story? Give specific examples of each technique. Why might the author have chosen to use both of these techniques in the story? Was the story enhanced by the use of these two techniques? Why or why not?

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