Winter's Heart Test | Mid-Book 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 tried to kill Hopper?

2. Whom does Perrin meet in the wolf dream?

3. Of what nationality is Shalon?

4. About what does Elayne speak to Min?

5. What does Perrin worry about when encountering the other army?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the Shaido view their captives?

3. What happens to Elayne after her midday meal?

4. What does Elayne question Reene Harfor about and what is her reply?

5. What outrages Nynaeve and how do Elayne, Aviendha and Min respond?

6. Describe the scouting party's activities.

7. What transpires between Mat and Juilin as he is leaving the barracks at the palace?

8. How does Faile react differently from the other women captives?

9. What is Faile's biggest concern while marching? Why?

10. What makes Perrin Aybara think there is something wrong as he approaches his camp?

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

Often, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and often the other way. Some books seem to balance the two.

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why?

5. What type of plot do you think "Winter's Heart" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

The word "ta'veren" is used frequently in "Winter's Heart" and in all the other books in Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Discuss the following: Explain the concept of ta'veren and give examples of it to illustrate your explanation. Do you think Jordan uses instances of ta'veren as a narrative contrivance? Why? Give examples to support your stance. How do you think the concept of ta'veren adds to the complexity of the novel? Explain using examples.

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