Shadow & Claw 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 Severian hear the morning after he parts ways with Dr. Talos following the final play?

2. What does the green man say has been integrated into his blood?

3. What does Severian place on the soldier's head that brings the soldier back to life?

4. What does Severian find in the water near the end of the book?

5. What does Jonas do when Severian is done reading to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Severian finds Dr. Talos and the others in the garden at the House of Absolute, what is Dr. Talos doing?

2. Why does Barnoch look half dead when Severian first sees him?

3. What does the green man tell Severian about Agia?

4. What reason does the green man give Severian for his being green?

5. What does Severian say about the magic fountain that leads the reader to believe it may have been correct about Severian's future?

6. What happens when Severian shows the Claw in the cave while the beasts are surrounding him?

7. Why does Jonas leave Severian and Agia alone while he goes to get the horses?

8. What do the beasts Severian encounters in the cave look like?

9. Why does Severian begin to feel sick while he is waiting for the feast to begin?

10. Why does Dorcas cry when Severian and Jolenta return from the rivers edge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Vodalus' purpose for having Severian drink an elixir made from Thecla's body? Does he stand to gain something from this or is he trying to help Severian? What is the author's purpose for including this event in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the relationship between Jonas and Severian. Why doesn't Jonas tell Severian that he is part machine? What does their friendship show about Severian's sense of loyalty?

Essay Topic 3

What does the graveyard scene at the beginning of the book foreshadow? How does the author use the scene to hint at events yet to come? Is this instance of foreshadowing effective? Why or why not?

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