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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 Covenant think will happen if he fails to deal with the effect the land is having on him?

2. What does Troy believe regardless of what Covenant says?

3. Who does not want Covenant to go with Hyrim?

4. Who is Hile Troy?

5. Why is the council surprised about who is leading the army?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Elena say in answer to Covenant's question about Lord Foul?

2. How is Troy rendered unconscious?

3. With what is Covenant still struggling and what is his fear about it?

4. What is Covenant thinking about concerning the land as they are traveling?

5. Why didn't High Lord Kevin use the Seventh Ward and what happens to Amok after he explains about the Seventh Ward?

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

7. What is Covenant's logic about the Seventh Ward and seeking it?

8. What does Amok explain to the Council?

9. Why does Troy think it is night when he wakes from unconsciousness?

10. What happens to Troy and Covenant at the end of this book in the series?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Illearth War based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Illearth War is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The Illearth War a successful novel? What about young teens?

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

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.

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