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

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

3. What does Covenant say is suicide for a leper?

4. What wards does Elena tell Amok they have mastered?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Covenant's dreams important?

2. How does Covenant explain his feelings about the Land to Troy?

3. What does High Lord Elena assign?

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

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

6. Who comes in from Ra and what news does the person bring?

7. What does Hile Troy think of the Land?

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

9. Who asks to meet with Covenant?

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Illearth War. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Illearth War. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of corruption in The Illearth War. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Illearth War. Questions that Donaldson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Donaldson' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Donaldson' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Donaldson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Illearth War, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Illearth War. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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