Essay Topic 1
Discuss the concepts of protagonist and antagonist in fiction. Define who they are, their characteristics, and the roles they play. Then discuss at least two antagonist-protagonist pairings in is book. Clearly state how they meet your definition using examples from the book.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the purpose of a prologue in the literary sense: Why does a book have a prologue? Is it always necessary? Then discuss the purpose of the prologue in this book, which occurs three years before the action begins and describes the secret ceremony where Ian Dunross becomes tai-pan.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the theme of conspiracy in "Noble House". Include at least three specific conspiracies, describing them, who is involved and their relationship to the plot.
Essay Topic 4
Compare and contrast Ian Dunross and Quillan Gornt. Be specific. Among other things include emotional traits, relationships with people, business relationships, familial ties, etc...
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