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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 does Lord Hyrim want to aid?
2. From where is the woman who arrives with news?
3. Who summons Covenant?
4. For what sign was Amok waiting?
5. What is Thomas Covenant's occupation in the "real" world?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the man who picks up a hitchhiking Covenant say about a man in the next town?
2. Why are Troy's men in a bad situation?
3. Who comes in from Ra and what news does the person bring?
4. What happens when Troy and Covenant come upon Trell Atiaran-mate?
5. What type of phone calls is Covenant receiving and what happens to the stables?
6. What does High Lord Elena assign?
7. What story does Covenant tell as the army arrives at the Rock Gardens of the Maerl?
8. How is Covenant viewed in the Land?
9. What does Lord Hyrim explain to Covenant when Hyrim wakes Covenant?
10. What is Covenant's response to being back in the land and why can't the people do as he asks?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Illearth War and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Illearth War is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Thomas Covenant is no exception.
1. Trace and analyze situations when Covenant demonstrates his admirable traits. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.
2. Trace and analyze Covenant's character flaws, and explain how the flaws create more complex and believable characters. How do you think either man's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?
3. After analyzing Covenant's strengths and weaknesses, decide if Covenant is an appropriate "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might be a more admirable "hero"?
4. Answer the above questions for one other person you think could be considered a hero in The Illearth War.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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