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. Where do Severian, Dorcas and Jolenta camp?

2. Why doesn't Dr. Talos want the crowd at the final play in the book to be frightened away?

3. During the final play in the book, who is supposed to scare the crowds?

4. While escaping from the prison in the House of Absolute, Severian and Jonas find a room with what in it?

5. Who does Severian find out Jolenta is after her death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Severian sad when he sees Agia and the archers after leaving the caves?

4. What does the beautiful and frightening creature in the water tell Severian to try to get him to join her?

5. What does Severian remind Vodalus of when he and Jonas are brought before Vodalus?

6. What happens to Hildegrin while the witches are in a trance?

7. During the last play in the book, what happens that makes Severian think there will be a lot of trouble?

8. In Thecla's letter to Severian, how does she say she escaped?

9. What do Dr. Talos and Baldanders plan to do when they leave the group toward the end of the book?

10. What does Dorcas tell Severian about her memories when they are reunited in the garden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What examples of symbolism are used in Shadow & Claw? Name at least three examples of symbolism and explain what each stands for.

Essay Topic 2

What changes does Severian undergo from the beginning of Shadow & Claw to the end? What events facilitate his growth?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the beautiful and frightening woman in the water thrust Severian from the water as a boy, but later invite him to join her in the water and be a king? Why didn't she simply take him with her when he was younger? Why does she want him to join her now?

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