Taran Wanderer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Fflewdar tell Taran to do with what was found by the item hid by Kaw?

2. Where has Taran seen what is hanging around the robber's neck before?

3. How does Taran escape from his ropes in Morda's compound?

4. Why does the king give Taran the favor he asks when Groyon and Gast appear on the farmer's land?

5. What happens to the person who used to own the item hanging from the robber's neck?

Short Essay Questions

1. What important fact does Doli teach Taran about his battle horn?

2. How do the poor farmer and his wife in Cantrevs lose their son?

3. What is the normal punishment for this common dispute between Goryon and Gast?

4. Where do Taran and Gurgi get help when they find trouble in the Valley Cantrevs?

5. What does Kaw do when he sees Taran traveling with his friends?

6. What is the substance of the dispute between Gast and Goryon just as Taran is leaving King Smoit's castle?

7. What does Taran suggest King Smoit do instead of his usual punishment to Goryon and Gast, and why?

8. What does Taran do with the stone from Morda's necklace, and why is this surprising?

9. What is the final punishment given to Lord Goryon and Lord Gast for their unlawful dispute?

10. What happened to Doli when he is caught?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Diversity is a major theme in this play as many different life-styles and creatures are involved. How is this theme shown in this book, and why do you think the author feels it is so important?

Essay Topic 2

Lord Goryon and Lord Gast are two very similar people, and yet they have some very notable and important differences. Using the text to cite some support, write a compare/contrast essay about these two characters.

Essay Topic 3

This book takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affect the course of the plot. Why might Lloyd Alexander choose these particular places for this plot to take place?

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