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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Illearth War is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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