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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 Tylin Quintara Mitsobar?

2. What is an issue of which Elayne is concerned?

3. What are Faile and the other captives given at the main Aiel camp?

4. What is Galina ordered to do in Chapter 4?

5. What does the scouting party discover about Faile and the others?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rolan do when Faile is too slow and why does that put her in more danger?

2. How do the Shaido view their captives?

3. What transpires when Mat arrives at the palace and meets up with Tylin, Suroth and others?

4. Who is on the way to Ebou Dar and for what purpose?

5. What does Rand give into Nynaeve's safekeeping?

6. What do Elayne and Nynaeve discuss?

7. What news does Elayne learn about Rand from Halwin?

8. How does Rand get into Elayne's palace and why is he there?

9. What is Mat trying to do and how does he think he may accomplish his goal?

10. What happens to Elayne after her midday meal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation that the Seanchan who leash and control the damane can actually channel also. What other irony can you find in "Winter's Heart"? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "Winter's Heart". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "Winter's Heart" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why? Some possible devices are allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 2

Alanna "bonds" Rand, an action that infuriates him.

Discuss the following: What does it mean when an Aes Sedai "bonds" someone? How long does a bond last? Can someone get rid of a bond once it is in place? What are the advantages of bonding? The disadvantages? Why do you think Alanna is furious that Rand allows Min, Elayne, and Aviendha to bond with him? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the three women all being bonded to Rand?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Winter's Heart" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Winter's Heart" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that "Winter's Heart" is a novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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