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. Where has Michael been hiding out?

3. What does the Duchess believe that Michael wants?

4. Where does Katherine tell Richard to come with her?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Ginnie's reaction to the death of Lord Horn's swordsmen?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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