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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. For what did Corlath's father tell him kelar is useful?

2. Who does Corlath say cannot have magic?

3. What does one of the persons in her vision carry?

4. What old kingdom still exists in the north?

5. What type of clothing do the Hillfolk wear?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do those who grew up in Istan feel about the environment, and what does Harry discover about Jack and Istan?

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

5. What kind of news does Sir Charles announce at breakfast?

6. What happens with Harry as the group travels and what does she realize about her home with Sir Charles and Lady Amelia?

7. What are Jack's hopes about Corlath?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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