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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. Who is Hile Troy?

2. What disease does Covenant develop?

3. How many Bloodguard are to go with Shetra and Covenant?

4. For what sign was Amok waiting?

5. What does Covenant bring to life?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Covenant viewed in the Land?

2. What happens to Covenant when the Sheriff takes him home?

3. Why are Covenant's dreams important?

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

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

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

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

8. Who asks to meet with Covenant?

9. What does High Lord Elena assign?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Illearth War is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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