The Elfstones of Shannara Short Essay - Answer Key

Terry Brooks
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why was the death of the Ellcrys so worrisome?

The death of the Ellcrys was so worrisome because of the fact that it held in place the Forbidding, which kept the demons of old from escaping. In effect, if the tree died, Elves would too, because the demons of their pasts would be released. The fact that the tree was beginning to wilt was a dangerous sign that the tenure of the elves was drawing to a close.

2. What is the one thing that could continue the Forbidding?

The one thing that could continue the Forbidding is a rebirth. A rebirth involves one of the chosen heading to the place of the tree's power with a seed so the tree could be reborn.

3. Why did Lauren recommend Amberle to talk with Ellcrys?

Lauren recommended Amberle to talk with Ellcrys because of them all, Ellcrys talked to Amberle the longest and had the most in depth conversations with her alone. Shortly after Amberle's betrayal, Ellcrys had not spoken to anyone up until it revealed it was dying.

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