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. Where is Richard when he receives the message from Alec about his kidnapping?

2. Why did the Duchess want Richard brought to court?

3. What possibility does Lord Ferris hold over Katherine's head?

4. What does Lord Ferris do when his plot is revealed?

5. When Richard is captured, where is he held?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Duchess tell Katherine after Alec injures himself?

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

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

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

5. How do the men who capture Richard incapacitate him?

6. How does Lord Ferris see his relationship with the Duchess?

7. What does Alec give to the Duchess?

8. During his meeting with the Duchess, what does Richard learn about the betting about him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The world of the novel is run primarily by men, leaving women as players in the background. Discuss the role of women in the novel.

1) What is the place of women in society in the novel? How is the role of women different on the Hill and in Riverside?

2) What is the Duchess's role in society like? How does she gather power in a world where men hold the power? How does she exemplify women among the nobles?

3) What is Katherine's role in society? How is her life different because she's a woman? What hazards and opportunities does her gender create?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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