The Fires of Heaven Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 has Elaida ordered arrested and brought to the White Tower for treason?

2. Where is the circus traveling?

3. Who is Rand pursuing?

4. What is encrusted with gems?

5. What does Gyldin tell Liandrin and four other black ajah to find?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who attacks Aviendha and Rand and how do the Maidens of the Shield respond?

2. Where do Siuan, Leane, Min and Logain arrive at and what happens when they encounter a group of Aes Sedai?

3. Who does Nynaeve meet in Tel'Aran'Rhoid and what does Nynaeve ask of this person?

4. Who does Elayne meet in the common room of the inn; what does he want and what does Elayne do?

5. What does Elaida learn as she meets with her inner circle of advisers?

6. What disguises have Elayne, Nynaeve, Juilin and Thom adopted and who does it seem to fool?

7. How does Egwene and Nynaeve obtain information about Elaida's actions?

8. Describe Aviendha.

9. What do the Wise Ones order Aviendha to do and what is her reaction?

10. Who does Rand meet when he returns to his quarters and what does she want?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The word "ta'veren" is used frequently in The Fires of Heaven and in all the other books in Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Discuss the following:

Explain the concept of ta'veren and give examples of it to illustrate your explanation.

Do you think Jordan uses instances of ta'veren as a narrative contrivance? Why or why not. Give examples to support your stance.

How do you think the concept of ta'veren adds to the complexity of the novel? Explain using examples.

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