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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 of the other land?

2. What does the interpreter say about Covenant's dreams?

3. What is the Warmark?

4. Who is leading Lord Foul's army?

5. What is Thomas Covenant's occupation in the "real" world?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Troy react to the news about Lord Foul's army, and who is leading the army?

2. Why are Troy's men in a bad situation?

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

4. What happens in Elena's room while she and Covenant are waiting for a dream interpreter?

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

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

7. What does Lord Hyrim explain to Covenant when Hyrim wakes Covenant?

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

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

10. What do Covenant and Lord Mhoram discuss?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Stephen R. Donaldson.

2. What in Donaldson's background may have helped him in writing The Illearth War? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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

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?

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