Swordspoint: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

Ellen Kushner
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 121 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

Swordspoint: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

Ellen Kushner
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 121 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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 does Catherine say initially when Lord Ferris tells her to go to Riverside?

2. What is the name of the drug that Alex is on?

3. What is Michael's reaction to Richard killing Lord Horn?

4. What does Ferris worry will happen to Richard?

5. Where do Alec and Richard sit for the performance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Duchess tell Alec about Richard and their relationship after Richard has left?

2. What objection does Alec pose to writing the letter?

3. What does Katherine think she recognizes about Alec?

4. How did Katherine end her position with Lord Ferris?

5. Describe the game played at the Duchess's party in Chapter 19.

6. What letter do the kidnappers ask Alec to write to Richard?

7. How does Lord Horn respond to Alec?

8. For what reason does Richard claim he killed Lord Horn?

9. What happens at the beginning of the formal inquiry into Lord Horn's death?

10. What is Richard and Alec's last night together like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the play "The Swordman's Tragedy" within the novel.

1) What does the play reflect about the novel itself? Why does the author include it?

2) How do the different characters react to the superstitions surrounding the play? How do the existence of these superstitions affect the reader?

3) How does Richard perceive the play? What is his point of view about the play before seeing it and after watching it?

Essay Topic 2

When Michael first meets Basil, he sees Basil as more manly. Discuss manliness in the novel.

1) In what ways does Michael become more manly over the course of the novel? Why? What does this say about the idea of manliness?

2) How is Basil manly? What does this say about his character?

3) How is Richard manly? What qualities of manliness does he have, and how do these qualities compare or contrast with Basil?

Essay Topic 3

The world of the novel is run primarily by men, leaving women as players in the background. Discuss the role of women in the novel.

1) What is the place of women in society in the novel? How is the role of women different on the Hill and in Riverside?

2) What is the Duchess's role in society like? How does she gather power in a world where men hold the power? How does she exemplify women among the nobles?

3) What is Katherine's role in society? How is her life different because she's a woman? What hazards and opportunities does her gender create?

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