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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. Who is Foamfollower?

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

4. Who is Hile Troy?

5. Who is Trell?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. To what does Amok agree and why does Elena want to go with Amok?

5. What happens to Troy and Covenant at the end of this book in the series?

6. What does Elena say in answer to Covenant's question about Lord Foul?

7. 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?

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

9. How is Covenant viewed in the Land?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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