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 the Duchess's party in Chapter 19 held?

2. What entertainment does Alec prod Richard into coming to, in Chapter 14?

3. What makes Richard curious enough to follow Michael?

4. Whose house does Alec go to?

5. Who does Katherine meet at Rosalie's Tavern?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Katherine end her position with Lord Ferris?

2. Where does Richard meet Katherine after the trial?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Alec give to the Duchess?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The main characters of the novel are gay lovers. Discuss gender and sex in the novel.

1) How does the society of the novel view bisexuality and homosexuality? Are Alec and Richard accepted as lovers? Why or why not?

2) How do the different classes of the society view sex differently? How do they view promiscuity as well as homosexuality?

3) What role does the fact that Alec and Richard are the same gender play in the novel? Does it make a difference?

Essay Topic 3

One of the primary thematic ideas in the novel is social class. Discuss social class in the novel.

1) What are the social classes in the novel, and what defines them? How does society treat the members of different social classes?

2) How do the characters in the novel fit into their social classes, and what dissatisfies characters about their social classes?

3) How do the different social classes interact with each other and affect each other?

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