Taran Wanderer Test | Final 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. Who does Taran find at his side when he wakes after suffering injuries trying to save the shepherd?

2. What does Dorath do to ensure his involvement in Taran's quest?

3. What is the shepherd's most prized possession?

4. What is the device in the river used to do for the farmer and his family?

5. Why does Taran never want to see the princess again after hearing the shepherd's story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Taran's plan to help the fourth of the Free Commots fight against Dorath and his band?

2. How does Taran feel about his work as a potter?

3. What does Craddoc realize at the end of the summer, and what does he do about this realization?

4. What items does Taran make while he is a blacksmith, and what happens to them?

5. How does Taran feel about the Commot Merin.

6. After spending a season as a shepherd, how does Taran feel about his new life?

7. What do Taran and the travelers find among the rocks after leaving Dorath's camp?

8. Where does Taran take Craddoc's sheep, and what is so peculiar about the people who take them?

9. How does Taran feel about Dorath and his men when he first meets them?

10. What is the wager that Dorath puts forth to Taran, and why is Taran so hesitant to accept it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Personal identity was one of the main themes in this book. Where does this theme appear, and how does its inclusion in the novel shape the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Sacrifice is a theme that is very prevalent in this book. Who are the characters most affected by this theme, and how do they allow sacrifice to change their lives?

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