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

2. Where does Troy decide he has to go?

3. What does Amok say Elena and Covenant must tell him?

4. What is Troy's army doing at the opening to Chapter 19?

5. Who does Wildwood hate more than humans?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Troy rendered unconscious?

2. How does Covenant feel after refusing Elena's sexual advances?

3. What happens between Covenant and Elena when Elena comes out of the river after bathing?

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

5. Who does Elena choose for the trip with Amok and how does Troy react?

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

7. What does Covenant debate asking Elena and what is her answer when he finally asks her?

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

9. What does Amok say about white gold and what is Covenant's thoughts on the matter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Illearth War is? Explain your response.

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