Swordspoint: A Novel Test | Final 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. After Richard kills Lord Horn, who is looking for him?

2. How many of Lord Horn's swordsmen have been killed?

3. Who reads the note that Richard receives?

4. How does Ginnie react to Richard's decision about the kidnappers' demands?

5. Who is allowed to see Richard when he is imprisoned?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Alec and Richard react to Lord Horn lying at the trial?

2. How does Lord Horn feel when he finds Richard has broken into his house?

3. Describe the Duchess and Michael's first night as lovers.

4. What letter do the kidnappers ask Alec to write to Richard?

5. How does the Duchess see her relationship with Lord Ferris?

6. What does Richard think about the audience at the performance he and Alec go to?

7. How does Richard feel about the duel he participates in during Chapter 16?

8. What objection does Alec pose to writing the letter?

9. What does Katherine think she recognizes about Alec?

10. After Richard leaves the Duchess's estate, what is Alec's attitude?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the novel's point of view.

1) Why does the novel move between different characters' points of view? What different perspectives does it give the reader?

2) What are the primary characters whose points of view are shown in the novel? Find a character who never takes the narrative point of view. Why is this character excluded?

3) How much does the reader's perspective change as the point of view switches between different characters or areas of the society?

Essay Topic 2

When Michael first meets Basil, he sees Basil as more manly. Discuss manliness in the novel.

1) In what ways does Michael become more manly over the course of the novel? Why? What does this say about the idea of manliness?

2) How is Basil manly? What does this say about his character?

3) How is Richard manly? What qualities of manliness does he have, and how do these qualities compare or contrast with Basil?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the play "The Swordman's Tragedy" within the novel.

1) What does the play reflect about the novel itself? Why does the author include it?

2) How do the different characters react to the superstitions surrounding the play? How do the existence of these superstitions affect the reader?

3) How does Richard perceive the play? What is his point of view about the play before seeing it and after watching it?

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