Guards! Guards! Test | Mid-Book 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 is Lady Sibyl wearing when Vimes first meets her?

2. What is the name of the head of the Thieves' Guild?

3. Who actually signed the letter accepting Carrot into the Night Watch?

4. What rank does Carrot hold in the Watch?

5. What did Carrot's adoptive parents think he would grow out of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What annoys Vimes most about the dragon?

2. Why does the Librarian know that the book was stolen by someone at the University?

3. Where did the dwarfs find Carrot?

4. Why is the wall in the alleyway demolished?

5. Why do the Elucidated Brethren want to summon a dragon?

6. Why is Sam Vimes attracted to Goodboy Bindle Featherstone of Quirm?

7. Why does Carrot join the Night Watch?

8. Why does Vimes completely reject the suggestion that the footprints were made by a wading bird?

9. What does Vimes notice about the prints in the alley that arouse his suspicions?

10. Why do the watchmen not arrest anyone after the fight in the tavern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters in this novel have the opportunity to display courage.

(a) Describe one of these situations in detail - this should include the participants, the action and the setting.

(b) Explain why you consider the character to have acted courageously.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following quotes by the Irish politician Edmund Burke (or attributed to him) and discuss how it is relevant to GUARDS! GUARDS!

(a) "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."

(b) "Custom reconciles us to every thing."

(c) "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

Essay Topic 3

Guards! Guards! is a parody of many works of heroic fantasy. Explain how this work takes some of the clichés or stock situations of the fantasy genre and approaches them. Your answer should cover between three and five of these clichés. For each cliché:

(a) Explain the cliché in its most archetypal form

(b) Explain how the text treats this cliché.

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