Shadow & Claw Test | Mid-Book 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. Who or what throws Severian toward the surface of the water after he caught by something?

2. Who is hoping that Vodalus can be captured by holding and torturing Thecla?

3. After the play, Severian falls asleep and dreams of whom?

4. What does Severian's challenger claim after Severian is struck with the avern?

5. What do people ask Severian to put on their handkerchiefs on the day of Agilus' execution?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Severian keep from his friends about his near drowning in the river?

2. Why do the priestesses at the holy building search Agia?

3. What does Agia have Severian disguise himself as when they leave the shop to find the avern?

4. As Severian prepares to leave the city following the execution of Agilus, what does he learn about the priestesses?

5. What does Agia tell Severian he should do rather than dueling with the masked man?

6. Why does the guild teach torturer apprentices to tend wounds?

7. Why does Vodalus give Severian a gold coin?

8. Why does Severian say he wants to be a torturer?

9. What happens to anything that touches the leaves of an avern?

10. Why do Severian and the other boys sneak to the gate of the graveyard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Severian as the protagonist of Shadow & Claw. How does he fit the role of protagonist? Does a torturer and executioner seem a likely hero? Why or why not? Is the character of Severian believable as a man of honor?

Essay Topic 2

Why is there so much fear in Shadow & Claw? What purpose does fear felt by the characters serve? In what ways does fear drive the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the author use past tense to tell this story? What purpose does it serve? Does it add to or detract from the story? Would the story work if told in any other tense?

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