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 does Troy do when he notices a shimmering?

2. What is explained to Troy about the time?

3. What does Elena do when she comes out of the river after bathing?

4. What does Covenant realize about the Bloodguard?

5. What does Covenant feel justified in doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Amok explain to the Council?

2. To what does Amok agree and why does Elena want to go with Amok?

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

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

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

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

7. What information is the Council finally able to coax out of Amok, and what do some of the Council members think about what they learn?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Illearth War based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Illearth War is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The Illearth War a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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