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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 Drizzt and Catt-brie do at the opening of Chapter Three?

2. What is Thibbledorf Pwent doing when Catti-brie and Drizzt stop to talk to him?

3. What does Jarlaxle decide will happen to him if the magic does not return?

4. What does Drizzt describe in his letter before Chapter Six?

5. Why must the person in question #80 follow Lolth's command?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the dwarves in the heart of Mithral Hall doing in Chapter Two?

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

3. What does Drizzt ask himself about faith and what is his answer?

4. What does Matron Baenre do in a fit of rage and what is the result of her actions?

5. What happens when Berg'inyon parries with an elf and how do the others react? Why to they react that way?

6. Why is Harkle Harpell's eyes at King Battlehammer's hall?

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

8. What are Jarlaxle's thoughts on the discussion he had with Gromph after Gromph leaves him?

9. What does Drizzt do about his panther, how does the figurine respond and what does Catti-brie do? What is the end result for the panther?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

SIEGE OF DARKNESS, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of SIEGE OF DARKNESS and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why SIEGE OF DARKNESS is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Drizzt is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in Siege of Darkness and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Drizzt who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Loyalty is demonstrated in a number of ways, as is the lack of loyalty. There seems to be a great deal of loyalty in the dwarf community and very little in the drow one. Discuss the following:

1. How do you define loyalty? Is the ability and desire to be loyal an admirable trait in humans? Why or why not? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being loyal to a person? Cause? Country? Idea? What of those who are loyal to something no matter what they learn about that person, thing, ideal, country, etc... -in other words, blind loyalty.

2. Discuss and analyze why you think Drizzt is loyal to Bruenor. Is it warranted? Wise? Earned? What other instances of loyalty occur in Siege of Darkness? What about the characters loyalty to their gods?

3. What other admirable traits besides loyalty occur in Siege of Darkness? Discuss fully two of those traits with specific examples.

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