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. What is the performance Alec wants Richard to go to called?

2. How does Alec react to Richard killing Lord Horn?

3. Who does Lord Horn want to help him with Richard?

4. Whose home is Michael brought to after he is knocked unconscious?

5. Who does Lord Ferris say Lord Horn claimed to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Richard and Alec's last night together like?

2. What does Richard say about the death of Lord Horn's swordsmen?

3. Why does Lord Ferris want to see Richard after he is captured?

4. What does the Duchess tell Alec about Richard and their relationship after Richard has left?

5. Describe the game played at the Duchess's party in Chapter 19.

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

7. What does Katherine think she recognizes about Alec?

8. How does Basil Halliday react to the news of Lord Horn's death?

9. What allows Richard to win the duel in Chapter 16?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the characters' values in the novel.

1) What are the values of the lower class? What do they find important?

2) What are Richard's values and how do they drive his actions? What are Alec and Katherine's values?

3) What are the values of the upper class? What do Lord Horn, Lord Ferris, and the Duchess value?

4) What does Basil value, and how do his values differ from other nobility? What about Michael? What does he value?

Essay Topic 2

Several of the characters in the novel take self-destructive action. Discuss self-destruction in the novel.

1) Why is Alec self-destructive? How does Richard respond to his self-destructive tendencies?

2) In what ways is Richard self-destructive? How does he put himself in harm's way?

3) What other characters are self-destructive? How do they harm themselves through their actions or inactions?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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