The Illearth War Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. About what is Troy eager?

3. In what way is Covenant relieved by what he learns from Amok?

4. What does Elan sculpt?

5. What does Covenant realize about the Bloodguard?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes The Illearth War interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Thomas Covenant. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Elena. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Hile Troy. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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

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