Swordspoint: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ellen Kushner
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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 has Lord Ferris promised Katherine she won't have to go again?

2. What is Basil concerned about, regarding his position as Crescent Chancellor?

3. Who lives on the Hill?

4. What time of day is it when Richard wakes at the beginning of Chapter 3?

5. Where does the Duchess invite her guests after the party?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Basil look in comparison to Michael?

2. What does Richard say after he kills Brent?

3. How does Richard reply to Lord Horn's letter?

4. Why does Michael originally decide that he will sleep with Lord Horn?

5. What happens when Alec wakes Richard during the night, after Richard's meeting with Katherine?

6. How does Richard describe his relationship with Alec to Katherine?

7. What does Richard tell Katherine about Alec's background?

8. What does Ginnie Vandall think of Richard's performance in the sword fight?

9. Why is it ill-advised for Lord Horn to send the letter he sends to Richard?

10. What interferes with Ferris speaking privately with Basil after their dinner together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss fairness and equity in the book.

1) How are sword fights in the novel fair or unfair? How do the participants and audience benefit and suffer from them?

2) How are punishments meted out in the novel to the lower class and upper class? What roles do fairness and equity play in punishment and law?

3) What is fair or unfair about how Alec lures swordsmen to attack him and be killed? How does this relate to the class rules of the society?

Essay Topic 2

Richard is the central figure of the novel. Discuss Richard's character.

1) How does Richard change from the beginning to the end of the novel. Does he change?

2) What motivates and drives Richard throughout the novel? What does he want or desire?

3) Why does the novel focus on Richard as a central character?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss rulership and leadership in the novel, where the nobility in the upper class has complete control over rulership of the country.

1) How do the nobles view rulership? What does the position of leader mean to the leadership themselves?

2) How does Basil view rulership? What is his goal as a leader, and the closest thing the society has to a king?

3) What qualities make a good leader in the novel? What qualities make a bad leader? Explain with examples of both good and bad leaders from the novel.

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