Winter's Heart 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. Whom does Mat intend to free?

2. What does Rand hear about Far Madding?

3. Why do no people inhabit the place Elayne and Egwene visit?

4. What else has Rand heard when he hears about Far Madding?

5. What is the status of damane in the Seanchan world?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rand hear about Far Madding and what are his plans for staying in the city?

2. How do Lan, Rand, and Nynaeve deal with some assassins on Blue Carp Street?

3. Where is Rand after the assassination attempt and how is he rescued?

4. How does Mat know the gholam is still in Ebou Dar and what do others think caused the killings?

5. What does Bethamin think of Tessi and how does Bethamin decide to treat Tessi?

6. What upsets Barsalla about the source-blocking device when he is meeting with Cadsuane?

7. Why does Cadsuane slap Rand?

8. What does Mat do immediately after Tylin leaves the city?

9. What do the Far Madding guards do to swords of visitors who wish entry into the city?

10. Why is Alanna angry with Rand and how does he respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Whom do you think Rand trusts in this book and is his trust well founded? Whom does he mistrust and why? Give specific examples. Rand supports Mazrim Taim in opening a school for men who can channel.

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly describe and analyze the school for men who can channel and discuss if you think the school is necessary for Rand's goals. Is it wise to train men who can channel knowing that saidin is tainted and many if not all, men go insane after regularly using the One Power. Take a stance and defend it with examples.

2. How does Rand's foresight in granting amnesty to men who can channel and setting up the school influence the action in "Winter's Heart"? How do Rand and other major characters use men who can channel in "Winter's Heart"?

3. What do you think will be the impact of Rand cleansing saidin at the end of "Winter's Heart" in forthcoming books in the series?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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