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 does Elena choose to go with her?

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

3. Who does Troy encounter when he goes to visit the place in question #95?

4. What helps Covenant answer Amok's question?

5. What revelation does Covenant have in looking at Elena standing there naked?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Amok explain to the Council?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Characters are an important part of what makes The Illearth War interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Thomas Covenant. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Elena. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Hile Troy. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

In the world of academe, fantasy fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think fantasy fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think fantasy fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading fantasy fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read fantasy fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not

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