Siege of Darkness Test | Final 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 does Errtu decide about Lolth's promise?

2. Why is Matron Baenre gloating?

3. Who comes from the floor as the gnomish priests are working?

4. What are the orders to the drow army concerning Blingdenstone?

5. What does Alustriel do near the Keeper's Dale?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lady Alustriel do at the beginning of the battle and for what are her knights responsible?

2. Why is the way to the west closed to Bensell?

3. What does Drizzt do with the figurine in Chapter Thirteen?

4. Why does Jarlaxle decide to let Matron Baenre go ahead with her battle plans?

5. What has Uthegental been told to do about Blingdenstone but what does he do? What does he find?

6. How do Pwent and his men help Bidderdoo fulfill his mission?

7. What does Frible tell Belwar about Blingdenstone?

8. Why does Matron Baenre want a cavern, what does Jarlaxle want to do about the battle and what does Methil suggest to him?

9. Why does Errtu decide to obey Lolth?

10. What does Drizzt discuss in his letter before Chapter Seventeen about the dwarfs and what does he say about them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In some ways, a novel that includes magic is full of "narrative contrivances." Discuss the following:

1. Define and offer examples of the literary device "narrative contrivance."

2. Does the fact that magic can do or undo almost anything change the way one reads a book whose world includes magic? For example, if one of your favorite characters dies in a world of magic, might there always be the expectation that somehow that character is not really dead, that magic will change the fact? How does a setting that includes magic change the reading experience?

3. Since magic can make almost anything happen (or not happen), then would a book such as Siege of Darkness not actually need to contain any narrative contrivances? Explain.

4. Why do you think people like to read books about worlds that contain magic? Do you? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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