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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 does Covenant think of the other land?

2. What does Troy believe regardless of what Covenant says?

3. Why does Covenant's wife divorce him?

4. How does Troy react to the woman's news?

5. What does Troy thing everyone sees in Covenant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Covenant's response to being back in the land and why can't the people do as he asks?

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

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

4. What does Runick relate when he arrives to where the army is encamped?

5. What does Hile Troy think of the Land?

6. What does the Prologue reveal about Thomas Covenant's past?

7. Why are Covenant's dreams important?

8. What happens in Elena's room while she and Covenant are waiting for a dream interpreter?

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

10. Who asks to meet with Covenant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Thomas Covenant and Hile Troy. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Thomas Covenant and Elena. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Illearth War help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Thomas Covenant is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Covenant demonstrates his admirable traits. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Covenant's character flaws, and explain how the flaws create more complex and believable characters. How do you think either man's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing Covenant's strengths and weaknesses, decide if Covenant is an appropriate "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might be a more admirable "hero"?

4. Answer the above questions for one other person you think could be considered a hero in The Illearth War.

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