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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. With whom do Egwene, Aviendha, and Moiraine meet?

2. Why does the message from the apothecary owner make no sense to Elayne and Nynaeve?

3. Why does Egwene upbraid Nynaeve?

4. What does Elaida say is the most important task to accomplish?

5. What does Rand say the Aiel may take from Cairhien?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Elayne, Nynave, Thom, and Juilin find a safe means to travel.

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

3. What do the readers learn about the forsaken in the Prologue?

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

5. What does Gareth Bryne learn when he arrives in Lugard and what does he decide to do?

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

7. Where are Siuan, Leane and Min when Siuan gets an important message and what is the message?

8. What does Queen Morgase realize and then what does she do about it?

9. Who does Egwene see Elayne talking with and why can't Elayne tell Egwene the person's name?

10. What is the sickness that has overcome many of the Aiel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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