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 surrounds Troy when he starts to walk?

2. What does Elena tell her that her mother did not teach her?

3. What is the reason Covenant refuses to believe in the land?

4. How many may Elena choose to accompany her on her quest?

5. What happens from under the earth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Troy wonder if he will ever sleep again?

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

4. 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?

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

6. How does Covenant feel after refusing Elena's sexual advances?

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

8. What happens to one of the Ranyhyn and what does Elena do?

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

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

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 one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Illearth War.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Illearth War. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Illearth War. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Thomas Covenant is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Covenant demonstrates his admirable traits. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Covenant's character flaws, and explain how the flaws create more complex and believable characters. How do you think either man's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing Covenant's strengths and weaknesses, decide if Covenant is an appropriate "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might be a more admirable "hero"?

4. Answer the above questions for one other person you think could be considered a hero in The Illearth War.

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