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 Mhoram see coming up the river in the middle of Garroting Deep?

2. What does Elena reveal about High Lord Kevin to Covenant?

3. What does Covenant see in Elena's face?

4. How does Mhoram do before summoning Caerroil Wildwood?

5. Why is Troy angered?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Troy rendered unconscious?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Tull tell about the giants' home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Illearth War, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Illearth War. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Thomas Covenant is in some ways a larger-than-life hero and in other ways an anti-hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in The Illearth War and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero who is also an anti-hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Covenant who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Illearth War help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Illearth War? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in The Illearth War to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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