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. What is illegal in the city where Rand is?

2. About whom does the innkeeper ask?

3. What does Mat hope to gain from freeing those he has in mind?

4. What is significant about the place in the dream world to Egwene?

5. About what does Alanna question Rand?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mat preparing to leave the palace without Tylin noticing?

2. What has Birgitte been busy doing that Mellar reports?

3. Where do Elayne and Egwene visit in the dream world and what do they do?

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

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

6. What does Egeanin discuss with Bayle Domon?

7. What does Lews Therin say in Rand's head when Rand arrives in Far Madding?

8. What do Cadsuane and her party examine inside the Hall of Counsels?

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

10. What decisions does Elayne have to make with advice of Norry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Traveling in the "Wheel of Time" series evolves, a phenomenon that also helps the book's pacing. First, in early novels in the series, Rand and the others travel by foot and horse; then the "Ways" are introduced, which significantly cuts down on the time it takes to get from one point to another. In even later books in the series, such as in "Shadow Rising", Rand uses a portal stone for travel across vast distances; however, one must first walk to a portal stone, so the travel cannot be said to be instantaneous. Finally, in even later books, including "Winter's Heart", a technique called "Traveling" is introduced where a doorway is magically "sliced" into the air and one can instantly be where s/he wants to go.

Discuss the following: What is the advantage of having the characters travel by horse and foot across long distances requiring significant amounts of time? What are the disadvantages? How is the plot affected when the time it takes to travel from point A to point B is drastically reduced? Give examples from "Winter's Heart". How would one or two scenes in "Winter's Heart" be affected if Rand or any other channeling individual could not instantly move from one place to another? Why do you think Jordan does not introduce the gateway means of travel until later books in the series, including "Winter's Heart"?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Jordan treats the world of dreams as an actual world where what happens there can affect people when not in the dream world; for example, if one is killed in the dream world, they are dead in "real life."

Discuss one of the following:

1. Describe and analyze the wolf dream and what Perrin does in it.

2. Describe and analyze Tel'Aran'Rhiod (the dream world) and how it impacts the plot in "Winter's Heart". Why do you think Jordan includes the wolf dream and Tel'Aran'Rhiod in his Wheel of Time series?

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