The Illearth War Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Who surrounds Troy when he starts to walk?

3. How many may Elena choose to accompany her on her quest?

4. What is one way many of Troy's men die?

5. What distresses Covenant about Lena?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Elena believe about High Lord Kevin and what is Covenant's opinion about what she says?

2. Why does Troy think it is night when he wakes from unconsciousness?

3. What is Caerroil Wildwood's agreement with Troy and who objects?

4. What does Troy think about as he begins his ride to war?

5. What happens to one of the Ranyhyn and what does Elena do?

6. Where is Troy marching his men and what does he try to convince them to believe?

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 as Troy begins to walk in what he thinks is the correct direction to find his men?

9. What is Covenant thinking about concerning the land as they are traveling?

10. How is Troy rendered unconscious?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Illearth War belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fantasy genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a fantasy and a historical novel mystery?

Essay Topic 2

In the world of academe, fantasy fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think fantasy fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think fantasy fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading fantasy fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read fantasy fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Illearth War. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Illearth War. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of corruption in The Illearth War. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

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