The Illearth War Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does the Prologue reveal about Thomas Covenant's past?

The Prologue explains that Thomas Covenant is a successful author who was married until he developed leprosy. His wife couldn't stand to be with him after the disease progresses, so they divorce.

2. How is Covenant viewed in the Land?

In the Land the people treat Covenant like he is a long-awaited hero; his wedding band that he didn't remove after the divorce is a source of great magic.

3. What type of phone calls is Covenant receiving and what happens to the stables?

Covenant begins getting threatening calls from people in town who warn him not to come spreading his disease. The horse stables behind Covenant's house are set on fire and the sheriff refuses to help because he, too, wants Covenant gone.

4. What does the man who picks up a hitchhiking Covenant say about a man in the next town?

The man who picks up Covenant when Covenant is hitchhiking begins to talk about the awful leper that lives in the town and how the leper should be human enough to go and live with his own kind.

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