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. What confuses Severian about the challenge he is issued?

2. Who is Hethor?

3. What does Dr. Talos convince a waitress that she could be?

4. What is Severian caught by as he swims with the other boys?

5. What gift does Severian receive before leaving the guild?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What vision do Severian and Dorcas see following the duel?

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

4. Why does Severian hide the coin he receives from Vodalus?

5. Why is it impossible for Master Malrubius to have been outside Severian's room after the feast?

6. According to Agilus, why did the masked man challenge Severian?

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

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

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

10. Why does Master Gurloes ask Severian if he wants to be a torturer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Jonas say that he and Severian are monsters? What does he mean by this? Does the author intend for the reader to think of either character as a monster? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe compassion as a motif of Shadow & Claw. In what instances do we see compassion in the novel? Who shows compassion? Does compassion seem to be a strange motif given the nature of Severian's profession? Did the author chose to make Severian a compassionate man?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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