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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 Jack say he tried to do at the end of the meeting?

2. In what kind of business is Mathin's family?

3. How was Harry treated by her father and his friends?

4. What did Corlath's father say kelar often was?

5. What is waiting for Harry when she wakes in the morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Harry get up to begin her training, of what does her training consist and what does Mathin give her to help with her training?

2. What are Jack's hopes about Corlath?

3. What does Corlath think his kelar is showing him and why does he think he is wrong?

4. What does Harry do after dinner, and what does Corlath think as he looks at Harry?

5. What does Harry do after breakfast, who befriends her and what does Corlath do to prepare her for the rest of the journey?

6. How does Harry do in the trials and what happens during her last challenge?

7. Why is Mathin a rider and why is he training Harry?

8. What does Harry see in the fire, what is her response and what is Corlath's response?

9. Why is Richard worried about Harry and how does she settle in her new home?

10. What does Harry see when she drinks from the Water of Sight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harry begins the novel as a displaced woman who has been sent to another part of the country to live with non-relatives upon the death of her father. She does not fit in well with the people around her, and though she adapts to her new circumstances, she seems to be basically drifting through life. By the end of the novel, in a very short time, Harry is a powerful, respected person who has become the queen of her great-grandmother's people -- people she never knew she was related to at the beginning of the novel.

1. Do you think the time frame of the huge changes in Harry's life are the least bit realistic? Why or why not? Use examples from "The Blue Sword" and your own life to support your answer.

2. Harry is kidnapped and taken to another culture without her consent, yet in a short time, she is learning to ride and fight and then, in a few weeks she manages to win a riding-fighting contest against people who have been practicing these skills all their lives. Do you think it is too much a stretch of the imagination for Harry to be able to win the laprun with such little time to learn the skills and does this lessen your enjoyment of the book? Why or why not? Use examples from "The Blue Sword" and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do you think it suggests about Harry's character that she is able to almost immediately care for the man who kidnapped her, setting aside her anger within days? Use examples from "The Blue Sword" and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "The Blue Sword" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

"The Blue Sword" belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fantasy genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre, and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a fantasy and a historical novel mystery?

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