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. What does Aviendha keep Rand from doing?

2. What is the state of Cairhien when Rand arrives?

3. What does Isendre tell Kadere?

4. Upon what does Rand stand to view the situation at Cairhien?

5. What creates toh for Aviendha towards Elayne?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Rand received in Cairhien?

4. What does Elayne finally tell Thom and Juilin after she has bonded Brigitte?

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

6. What does Uno offer Nynaeve and what is her response?

7. What do the nobles of Cairhien ask of Rand and what is Rand's response?

8. Describe the conversation and interaction between Hadnan Kadere and Isendre.

9. Describe Rand and Aviendha's encounter with the Seanchan.

10. Describe three of the refugees that make their way onto the boat with Elayne's group.

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

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 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.

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