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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. Who is watching the Matrons fight from a distance?

2. To where are Jarlaxle and Gromph transported in Chapter Four?

3. What kind of comments does Berkthgar make to Catti-brie?

4. Why does Tanar'ri enterJarlaxle's private cave?

5. What does Drizzt say Lolth represents?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the artisans in Mithral Hall doing about the figurine? How are they doing it?

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

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

6. 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?

7. How does Berkthgar act during his duel with Catti-brie and what is the result of the duel?

8. What does Matron Baenre ask of Methil for her daughters and what happens?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of SIEGE OF DARKNESS, much of the setting is familiar to the reader, though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the SIEGE OF DARKNESS world that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in the Siege of Darkness's world. Define the words as used in the SIEGE OF DARKNESS world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of the SIEGE OF DARKNESS. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in SIEGE OF DARKNESS? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from SIEGE OF DARKNESS? Which ones?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of Belwar being relieved when he learns the city of Bingdenstone has been attacked. Find two other instances of irony and analyze them.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from SIEGE OF DARKNESS. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in SIEGE OF DARKNESS and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible devices: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

One of the main characteristics of the drow and the others in the underworld is that they seem to like to inflict pain on others. They are absolutely amoral and spends most of their time torturing and murdering those they dislike, which is just about everyone.

1. Unfortunately there are a number of people in the world who seem to like to inflict pain on themselves or others. Following research on sadism, discuss why the drow are sadists with examples from the book.

2. There is obviously deep seated psychological reasons why someone would derive pleasure from pain, either their own pain or someone else. Is it possible that people who feel this way have some common factors in childhood? Discuss reasons from a childhood you think could form a person to become a sadist.

3. There is great debate in criminal justice circles as to whether someone who commits homicide is mentally ill. Some say anyone who kills another human being except in self defense has to be mentally ill because sane people don't kill other people. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

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