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. Why do Siuan and Leane appear as young women?

2. Who is Rand pursuing?

3. What does Rand give Aviendha as a thank you gift?

4. Why does Aviendha give Rand another gift?

5. What town do Nynaeve, Elayne, Juilin, and Thom camp near that night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Nynaeve and Elayne and why?

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

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

6. Describe Aviendha.

7. What happens when Nynaeve, Elayne, Juilin and Thom ride out of Tarabon?

8. What does the High Lady Alteima of Tear learn about Queen Morgase?

9. Describe the meeting between some of the Black Ajah and Moghedien.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rand becomes much more upset over the deaths of women than that of men, especially if he thinks he is in someway responsible. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Rand's attitude towards women versus men. How are they similar/different? Is he less harsh towards women? Does he treat some women (such as Aes Sedai) differently than others?

2. When Rand hesitates to kill Lanfear, Moiraine has to intervene and is thus (probably) killed herself. Discuss and analyze this situation in light of Rand's attitude towards women and his thoughts about what happens in this scene.

3. Do you think Rand will change his attitude about killing women after what happens between Moirane and Lanfear? Why or why not?

4. Does Rand need to re-evaluate his attitude towards women? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Traveling in the Wheel of Time series evolves, a phenomenon that also helps the book's pacing. First, Rand and the others travel by foot and horse; then the "Ways" are introduced, which significantly cuts down on the time it takes to get from one point to another. In SHADOW RISING, Rand uses a portal stone for travel across vast distances; however, one must first walk to a portal stone, so the travel cannot be said to be instantaneous. Finally, in a later book, a technique called "Traveling" is introduced where a doorway is magically "sliced" into the air and one can instantly be where s/he wants to go. Discuss the following:

What is the advantage of having the characters travel by horse and foot across long distances requiring significant amounts of time? What are the disadvantages?

How is the plot affected when the ability to travel from point A to point B is drastically reduced? Give examples from the book.

How would one or two scenes in THE FIRES OF HEAVEN be affected if Rand or any other channeling individual could not instantly move from one place to another?

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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