The Fires of Heaven Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Galad promise Nynaeve?

2. What does Gareth ask for in return for his aid?

3. Who rides into Rand's camp when they are near Eianrod?

4. What message does Rand send to Cairhien?

5. Who is holding a boat for Nynaeve and her group?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Compare/contrast Rand to Rahvin. Who seems more powerful? What are each goals? Are both either all good or all evil? Who is more likable? How do both use their political power?

2. Compare/contrast Nynaeve to Elayne. How are their goals similar and/or different? What is the difference in the way they interact with people? Who is more idealistic? Harsh? Powerful? How do their magical talents compare?

3. Compare/contrast Siuan to Leane. How do they approach their stilling in different ways? Who is more likable? Who is the more sympathetic character? Or are either? Are they both good? Evil? Or a combination?

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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