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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 Corlath say cannot have magic?

2. How many children do Sir Charles and Amelia have?

3. For whom is Sir Charles waiting to return?

4. What does Jack hope is the reason Corlath is coming to see Sir Charles?

5. In what Province is Istan?

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 does King Corlath look like, and what kind of mood is he in when the girls arrive at the residence?

3. Why does Corlath want to take Harry and how does he do it?

4. What is Corlath feeling as he leaves the Residency, and what is having to do as he is leaving and why?

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

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

7. Where is Harry sent to live, why does she go there, who is she going to live with and what is her new home like?

8. Who does Amelia tell Harry to bring to lunch and what does Harry think of her new home?

9. Why do Harry and Mathin leave camp and who wakes Harry at night?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As in many fantasy novels, magic is an inherent part of a few of the characters and can be wielded by other characters, though not as an inherent aspect of their nature. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the use of kelar in "The Blue Sword". Who possesses the ability to kelar as an inherent aspect of their nature? How does the inequality between those who can use it and those who cannot impact the plot of "The Blue Sword"?

2. Why do you think magic exists in so many fantasy novels? Do you think a novel can be "fantasy" and there be no magic as a part of the storyline? Why or why not.

3. Would you desire to possess the ability to use magic if there were such a talent in our world? Why or why not? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of possessing such an ability?

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "The Blue Sword" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "The Blue Sword". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "The Blue Sword". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "The Blue Sword". Consider the death of Harry's old life as well as the death of the members of the army killed in action.

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