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 explained to Troy about the time?

2. How much time did Troy's army gain from Veremet and Mhoram's spell?

3. Who tries to dissuade Elena from going after the Seventh Ward?

4. What does Elena think of the Seventh Ward of Kevin?

5. Why can't the travelers touch the water of the lake?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Amok explain to the Council?

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

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

5. What does Troy admit to himself about Garroting Deep and who does Mhoram summon as the enter the wood?

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

7. How is Troy rendered unconscious?

8. How does Troy feel about Elena and where does he decide to go?

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

10. What is Troy's strategy for his army at the opening of Chapter 19?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Illearth War and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Illearth War is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Illearth War. Questions that Donaldson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Donaldson' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Donaldson' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Donaldson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in The Illearth War? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in The Illearth War including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from The Illearth War and your own live to support your opinion.

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