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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 tells Troy he believes something terrible is going to happen to Elena?
2. What is one way many of Troy's men die?
3. What is Covenant's initial response to Amok's stipulation?
4. Who is killed while saving Covenant?
5. Who does Wildwood hate more than humans?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does Elena choose for the trip with Amok and how does Troy react?
2. What does Troy admit to himself about Garroting Deep and who does Mhoram summon as the enter the wood?
3. 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?
4. What does Troy do when he notices a shimmering during the Council meeting in Loresraat?
5. What is Caerroil Wildwood's agreement with Troy and who objects?
6. What does Amok explain to the Council?
7. What is Troy's strategy for his army at the opening of Chapter 19?
8. Why does Troy think it is night when he wakes from unconsciousness?
9. What happens to one of the Ranyhyn and what does Elena do?
10. To what does Amok agree and why does Elena want to go with Amok?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
The Illearth War is one book in a series of novels involving Thomas Covenant. Discuss the following.
1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.
2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.
3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.
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