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 is Caerroil Wildwood?

2. What does Elan sculpt?

3. In what way is Covenant relieved by what he learns from Amok?

4. What is Trell doing at his wife's grave?

5. What is the shimmering?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

8. What is Troy's strategy for his army at the opening of Chapter 19?

9. How is Troy rendered unconscious?

10. How do Covenant and Elena finally learn the name of the Seventh Ward?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Illearth War is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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