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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 do the Tezumen write on?

2. What is pulling the Tezuman chariot coming towards Rincewind and Eric?

3. During Rincewind's first conversation with the parrot, what does the parrot say Eric is in need of?

4. When Death is introduced in the book what is the line, "that... put it like this... probably won't be red," referring to in his garden?

5. What does Rincewind's summoner want Rincewind to give him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Rincewind and Eric enter Tsort.

2. Why is Astfgl unhappy with the way Quezovercoatl has ruled the Tezumen?

3. Describe how Rincewind and the others are saved from being sacrificed.

4. What puzzles Rincewind about Ponce da Quirm's search?

5. Describe Tsort during the Ephebians' attack.

6. What does Ponce da Quirm mean when he says the others "found religion?"

7. What are Rincewind's reasons for giving the parrot away?

8. What is unique about the interaction between the Tsort captain and the Tsort sergeant while they are trying to sort out the mess at the city's main gate?

9. Describe the disturbance in Ankh-Morpork.

10. What are Eric's concerns about the world when he and Rincewind are viewing the Disc from above?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Eric" has many parallels to our world. Name the characters, objects and places that parallel something from our world. How do they take part in the plot of the novel? How do the Discworld versions vary from our versions? What is the author's purpose in using them?

Essay Topic 2

Explain why "Eric" qualifies as a farce. Describe how specific situations, characters, settings, dialogue and narrative fit the genre description. Which of these aspects best fits the genre?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how the author uses subtlety for comedic effect. When is subtlety used? What makes it work? Are Terry Pratchett's strengths in his obvious jokes, or his subtle jokes? Are the characters aware of the joke? Is it funny to the characters? What does subtlety bring to a joke that an obvious punch line does not?

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