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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 do the legendary archers of Damar guide their arrows?

2. What does Harry realize about Jack and the rest of his men?

3. What does one of Harry's companions suggest they all have in common?

4. What does Harry do that surprises everyone?

5. What does Harry think could lead to the downfall of Corlath's group?

Short Essay Questions

1. What amuses Corlath when he comes to Harry in the city and what does he say about what will be done next?

2. Who joins the group at a lunch stop and what does she tell Harry?

3. What do Jack and Harry see when they look though the gap after a unnatural North wind begins to blow and what do they do?

4. What does Corlath explain about his plans for the army, what does Harry ask about, what is Corlath's response and how does Harry feel about his response?

5. How does Harry get a sword and how does she become a Rider?

6. What does Harry do the first night in Luthe's hall, what does she want to know and what does he ask her?

7. Who arrives after Harry gets back through the gap, what does Harry learn from Jack at that arrival and what does the person who comes say to Harry?

8. What does Corlath say to Harry when she returns to his camp and what is her response?

9. Where does Corlath take Harry to stay near the palace and what does he say about the place?

10. How does Harry get into Jack's residence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of "The Blue Sword", much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. there are woods, mountains, rivers, oceans, etc.), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of "The Blue Sword" that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in the book.

2. Define the words as used in "The Blue Sword" world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of "The Blue Sword". Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in "The Blue Sword"? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from "The Blue Sword"? Which ones?

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "The Blue Sword" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "The Blue Sword" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "The Blue Sword".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "The Blue Sword". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "The Blue Sword". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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