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 do the Elucidated Brethren use to try to summon the dragon?

2. What is the brand name of Sam Vimes' favorite whiskey?

3. What rank does Sam Vimes hold?

4. Which street are Vimes, Colon, Carrot and Nobby walking down when they hear the dragon?

5. Who recommends that Carrot join the Watch?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Thieves' Guild reduce or control crime?

2. What is noticeable about the magical artifacts brought by the Elucidated Brethren for the second summoning of the dragon?

3. What frustrates the Supreme Grand Master about the magical artifacts brought by the Elucidated Brethren?

4. Why is Carrot pleased to be ordered to stay at the Watch Headquarters?

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

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

7. What incident begins to wake up the more idealistic side of Sam Vimes?

8. What annoys Vimes most about the dragon?

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

10. Why has Vetinari allowed Vimes to remain in charge of the Night Watch?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is the hero or protagonist of this novel, Sam Vimes or Carrot? Explain the reasons for your decision in detail. Your answer should cover:

(a) A description of Vimes' actions and role

(b) A description of Carrot's actions and role

(c) Your conclusion and reasons for your decision.

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

Explain, using your own words, why the Supreme Grand Master and the Elucidated Brethren decide to summon a dragon. Your essay should deal with the Supreme Grand Master and the rest of the Brethren separately.

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