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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. Why does Berkthgar say there will be no alliance?

2. What does Matron Baenre's visitor give her?

3. What does Catti-brie settle with Battlehammer?

4. Who walks in the room as the flames leap up at the Matrons' meeting?

5. Who kills Ghenni'tiroth in Chapter Ten?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Nine why does Matron Baenre hold a meeting with her children and what does she tell them?

2. Who visits Jarlaxle in Chapter Ten and why?

3. How does Berkthgar respond when Drizzt and Catti-brie are explaining why they have come and what is Catti-brie's response?

4. Why is Errtu angry at Lolth and what does she promise him?

5. At the beginning of the book why is Errtu angered and what does Errtu believe?

6. What happens to Guenhwyvar when Drizzt attempts to send her back to the Astral Plane?

7. Who saves Matron Baenre from K'yorl and what does K'yorl do?

8. What does Gromph ask Jarlaxle and what does Jarlaxle tell him?

9. From where does Errtu watch the combat between the House mothers and what would he like to happen?

10. What do the Matrons do at the gathering to prepare for K'yorl?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In SIEGE OF DARKNESS, as in many fantasy books, magic is an integral part of the story. Discuss the following:

1. Define and analyze the principles/use of magic in SIEGE OF DARKNESS. Who can use it? Are there limitations? Can magic accomplish anything? Are there things that are forbidden to do?

2. How has Matron Baenre violated the restrictions put on the use of magic? Do you think the restrictions are just? Wise?

3. Are all magic users equally strong? Why do you think a wand is required to use the magic?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Siege of Darkness is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of manipulation and power in SIEGE OF DARKNESS. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with manipulation and power? Why? What are some symbols of manipulation and power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of sacrifice in SIEGE OF DARKNESS. Which characters are willing to sacrifice for the greater good? Why? Which characters seem self centered? Why? What does Lady Alustriel gain from her sacrifice?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. How does the world of SIEGE OF DARKNESS seem to view death? Who tries to avoid killing? Who seems to kill for frivolous reasons? Who seems afraid of dying? Not afraid? Who meets death gracefully? In resignation? With joy? With fear?

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