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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 killed while saving Covenant?
2. Who believes Elena will choose him?
3. What does Troy wonder if he will ever do again?
4. What is the Seventh Lore of Kevin's?
5. What is Troy's army doing at the opening to Chapter 19?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Troy feel about Elena and where does he decide to go?
2. To what does Amok agree and why does Elena want to go with Amok?
3. What does Elena believe about High Lord Kevin and what is Covenant's opinion about what she says?
4. What happens to one of the Ranyhyn and what does Elena do?
5. 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?
6. What is Caerroil Wildwood's agreement with Troy and who objects?
7. What does Tull tell about the giants' home?
8. What happens between Covenant and Elena when Elena comes out of the river after bathing?
9. Who does Elena choose for the trip with Amok and how does Troy react?
10. How is Troy rendered unconscious?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the following:
1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?
2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Illearth War, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?
3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Illearth War. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?
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
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Illearth War. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Illearth War. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of corruption in The Illearth War. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?
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