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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 approaches Elayne in the inn where she is?
2. What does Moiraine want Rand to forgo?
3. Where does Gareth intend to pursue Siuan?
4. Who protests the Wise One's command to Aviendha?
5. Why do Nynaeve and Elayne stop talking?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens that gets Suian, Leane, and Min in trouble?
2. What happens between Rand and Aviendha that creates toh for Aviendha to Elayne?
3. Describe how Elayne, Nynave, Thom, and Juilin find a safe means to travel.
4. How does Mat end up killing Couladin?
5. How does Mat end up fighting the Shaido?
6. What does the High Lady Alteima of Tear learn about Queen Morgase?
7. What does Min share with Elayne about Rand from one of Min's visions that involves Min and Elayne? What is Elayne's response?
8. What do Nynaeve and Galad talk about?
9. What do Nynaeve and Elayne tell the sisters in Salidar and what is their response?
10. What happens when Nynaeve, Elayne, Juilin and Thom ride out of Tarabon?
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in THE FIRES OF HEAVEN.
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of THE FIRES OF HEAVEN. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of THE FIRES OF HEAVEN. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
Essay Topic 2
THE FIRES OF HEAVEN belongs to the literary genre of fantasy fiction. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly define the term genre and offer examples of it from your own reading experience. Why do you think it is useful to categorize fiction into genres? What could be a disadvantage of doing so?
2. What do you think is the main motivation for a person to read a fantasy novel? Is entertainment a good enough reason? Are there any other reasons to read this genre? What? Explain fully.
3. In "academe," fantasy novels are often thought of as less literary than some other genres and for that reason are sometimes "snubbed" in the study of literature. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with this "snobbery"?
Essay Topic 3
Rand Al'thor is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:
1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?
2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.
3. Choose one other character besides Rand who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.
4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.
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