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 new information does Amok reveal to Covenant about white gold?

2. Who tells Troy he believes something terrible is going to happen to Elena?

3. What does Covenant feel justified in doing?

4. What is Troy's army doing at the opening to Chapter 19?

5. Who tries to dissuade Elena from going after the Seventh Ward?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 Amok explain to the Council?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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