The Fires of Heaven Test | Final 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 exclaims about Elayne's beauty?

2. What does Elayne force the captain of the boat to do?

3. What happens to some Maidens of the Spear guarding Rand's observation point?

4. Who is guarding the gateway?

5. Who are Talmanes and Nalesean?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens between Rand and Aviendha that creates toh for Aviendha to Elayne?

2. How does Brigitte come to be Elayne's warder?

3. Who is Masema and why does Uno take Nynaeve to see him?

4. How is Rand received in Cairhien?

5. How does Mat end up fighting the Shaido?

6. What do Nynaeve and Galad talk about?

7. What does Davram Bashere want and what is Rand's response?

8. What does the Little Tower ask of Gareth Bryne and what is his response?

9. How does Brigitte come out of Tel'Aran'Rhiod into the physical world?

10. What does Valan Luca's group find when they camp on the border between Amadicia and Ghealdan?

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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Fires of Heaven based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if THE FIRES OF HEAVEN is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that THE FIRES OF HEAVEN is a novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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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