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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

3. What does Mhoram say Covenant must do?

4. Who gives each council member duties to carry out?

5. What does Covenant think will happen if he succeeds to deal with the effect the land is having on him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Covenant and Lord Mhoram discuss?

3. How is Troy rendered unconscious?

4. How does Troy feel about Elena and where does he decide to go?

5. Who does Elena choose for the trip with Amok and how does Troy react?

6. What does Covenant realize about Elena and what is her response when he tells her?

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

8. What does Troy think about as he begins his ride to war?

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

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

Essay Topics

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.

Thomas Covenant is in some ways a larger-than-life hero and in other ways an anti-hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in The Illearth War and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero who is also an anti-hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Covenant who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Illearth War.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Illearth War. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Illearth War. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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