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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. How many may Elena choose to accompany her on her quest?
2. What distresses Covenant about Lena?
3. Who does Elena choose to go with her?
4. What does Covenant wish to say to Bannor?
5. Who does Mhoram see coming up the river in the middle of Garroting Deep?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Amok explain to the Council?
2. What does Amok say about white gold and what is Covenant's thoughts on the matter?
3. Who does Elena choose for the trip with Amok and how does Troy react?
4. What does Troy admit to himself about Garroting Deep and who does Mhoram summon as the enter the wood?
5. Why does Troy wonder if he will ever sleep again?
6. What is Troy's strategy for his army at the opening of Chapter 19?
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. How do Covenant and Elena finally learn the name of the Seventh Ward?
10. To what does Amok agree and why does Elena want to go with Amok?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Illearth War belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:
1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fantasy genre.
2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.
3. What do you think is the difference between a fantasy and a historical novel mystery?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?
2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?
3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?
4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?
5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.
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