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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. Where do some of the Council members go?

2. What does Elena do while waiting with Covenant?

3. For whom do Elena and Covenant wait?

4. Whose forgiveness does Covenant ask?

5. How many Bloodguard are to go with Shetra and Covenant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Elena and Covenant say to Troy separately as they discuss Troy's army?

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

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

4. How does Covenant respond to Lord Hyrim's request and who does Covenant think of as Hyrim is leaving?

5. Who asks to meet with Covenant?

6. What story does Covenant tell as the army arrives at the Rock Gardens of the Maerl?

7. What happens to Covenant when the Sheriff takes him home?

8. What does Hile Troy think of the Land?

9. What does Amok tell Covenant and the Lords Council?

10. Who is Hile Troy and what should he be able to be proof of to Covenant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Illearth War is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Illearth War help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Illearth War? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in The Illearth War to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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