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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 tree does Swan interact with at the Moody's farm?
2. Whom does the evil man attempt to attack?
3. What does Swam offer to the evil man?
4. Some of Robin's boys from the forest drive north with Paul, what is their mission?
5. What happens to the barn where Mule is resting?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Sister and Swan recover the glass ring?
2. What preparation does the town make to defend itself from the Army of Excellence?
3. What does Swan realize about the dead child?
4. What unusual promise does the evil man make after his struggle with Josh?
5. What does Macklin think of what his Job's Mask has done to his face?
6. How does Rusty save Swan?
7. How does Roland feel about Macklin during the fighting with the American Allegiance and Mary's Rest?
8. What does Hugh say about the state of the western part of the United States ?
9. What happens between Swan and the evil man at the apple truck?
10. Why does Robin decide to help Sister's group?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The glass ring is a potent artifact that exhibits a wide range of magical powers. It drives the story forward at many points, and guides Sister through most of her quest. When Swan receives the ring, it exhibits a new range of powers, and it is clearly intended for her use. Sister describes it as her "crown."
1) Explain the glass ring's origin and its known powers. What does it provide to anyone who uses it? Are its powers limitless or finite?
2) Discuss the affects of the dream walking that the ring causes. Does there appear to be intelligence and intent behind the visions that dream walkers experience?
3) Discuss the importance of the ring to Swan. What powers does it give to her, and how does it react to her presence?
Essay Topic 2
Family is extremely important to some characters in the novel. Swan, Josh, Roland, and others come from backgrounds of broken families. They struggle to deal with their needs for companionship and company.
1) Identify the characters that struggle with family identity. Explain what problems are caused for them by this struggle.
2) Discuss some of the improvised families that form over the course of the novel. How do these social groups support their members and improve their lives?
3) Explain the importance of the theme of family to the overall message of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
After the blasts, the western part of the United States becomes a war zone, with many small armies competing for scarce resources, the Army of Excellence being only one of many. These groups raid and pillage the countryside, causing untold amounts of suffering, death, and pain.
1) Discuss the reasons that the armies form after the blasts, and discuss why they are prominent in the West.
2) Explain how these armies operate, supply themselves, and interact.
3) Describe the typical modes of warfare employed by the armies.
4) Summarize the impact that the armies have on the regions where they operate.
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