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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. How does Covenant go to town?

2. Who takes charge of the army that will go against Lord Foul's group?

3. From where is the woman who arrives with news?

4. What does Covenant think is deadly?

5. What does Elena say to Troy about his men?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Covenant viewed in the Land?

2. What is Covenant's response to being back in the land and why can't the people do as he asks?

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

4. What does Amok say about white gold and what is Covenant's thoughts on the matter?

5. What information is the Council finally able to coax out of Amok, and what do some of the Council members think about what they learn?

6. What is Troy's strategy for his army at the opening of Chapter 19?

7. How is Troy rendered unconscious?

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

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

10. What does Troy admit to himself about Garroting Deep and who does Mhoram summon as the enter the wood?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Illearth War belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fantasy genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a fantasy and a historical novel mystery?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Illearth War. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Donaldson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Donaldson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Donaldson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Donaldson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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