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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. Why is Stuart Gordon furious with Marklin?

2. Who were Lasher's parents?

3. What news does Bea bring to Mona and Rowen?

4. Who is Stuart planning to meet?

5. Where does Rowen want Mona to go with her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Marklin and Tommy discussing when they return to the Motherhouse, and how does Marklin feel about entering the house?

2. What does Yuri tell Michael and Rowan Samuel said and why is Ash in the country?

3. What does Ash say is the reason humans want to find a Taltos and what does Yuri say about someone who could bear a Taltos child?

4. What does Mona have the habit of doing, and what does she tell Rowan?

5. What does Mona crave when she wakes and why does Ryan come by the house?

6. What do Marklin, Tommy and Stuart discover when they go to the Motherhouse and what do the Talmasca offer Stuart? How does Stuart respond?

7. What does Mona find out at the doctor's office, and what does she want to ask Rowan about it?

8. What is Mona craving while pregnant, what does she fear and what does Mary Jane say about Mona's fears?

9. What does Ash ask Yuri to do and what does Ash tell Yuri he must not do?

10. What does Rowan remember at the morgue and what does she think about the people who love her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Taltos and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Taltos is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

In Taltos, there seems to be many individuals/groups who are not trustworthy: Discuss one of the following:

1. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are untrustworthy, and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout Taltos.

2. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are trustworthy, and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout Taltos.

3. Who do you think Ash trusts in this book and is his trust well founded? Who does he mistrust and why? Give specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of Taltos, much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. it is in the "real" world), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of Taltos that occur in the "real" world, but are used differently in Taltos.

2. Define the words as used in Taltos's world, and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of Taltos. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in Taltos? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from Taltos? Which ones?

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