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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 does Lord Hyrim want to aid?

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

3. What does Elena do while waiting with Covenant?

4. What does Mhoram say Covenant must do?

5. Who is in Revelstone who wants to meet with Covenant and the others?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where is Covenant when Chapter 3 opens and what does he learn?

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

6. How is Covenant viewed in the Land?

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

8. What does Hile Troy think of the Land?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Illearth War. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Donaldson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Donaldson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Donaldson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Donaldson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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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