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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. Whose skin is like ice and he is almost dead but still alive?

2. Who is the creator of Amok?

3. Who is Amok?

4. Why does Covenant decide to go to town?

5. For what sign was Amok waiting?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who asks to meet with Covenant?

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

3. How is Covenant viewed in the Land?

4. Who comes in from Ra and what news does the person bring?

5. Where is Covenant when Chapter 3 opens and what does he learn?

6. What happens when Troy and Covenant come upon Trell Atiaran-mate?

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

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

9. Describe the meeting between Elena and Covenant in her room.

10. What does Elena tell Amok and what does Amok respond and then do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Thomas Covenant and Hile Troy. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Thomas Covenant and Elena. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Illearth War help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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