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 does Wildwood hate more than humans?

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

3. What happens to Covenant's wedding ring?

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

5. Who attacks the army as it is marching?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Troy rendered unconscious?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Troy do when he notices a shimmering during the Council meeting in Loresraat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Thomas Covenant and Hile Troy. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Thomas Covenant and Elena. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Illearth War help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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