Avalon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anya Seton
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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. With whom does Dunstan suggest that Rumon marry and have children?

2. Who are the two main characters?

3. What does Alfrida do when she realizes Rumon hasn't drunk the poison?

4. How old was King Edgar?

5. Who insists that Ethelred go to the coronation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Rumon leave his homeland?

2. What happened between Alfrida and Alfhere when Alfhere burst into Alfrida's bower after he heard that Ethelred would not attend Edward's Coronation?

3. On the feast of the Assumption, how does Merewyn describe the Abbey's gardens as she sat in them beside Elfled on the well curb?

4. Why was the thought of Merewyn painful for Rumon as he talked to Dunstan outside his guesthouse rooms at Glastonbury Abbey?

5. How does Edward describe his love, Elgifu?

6. What does King Edgar look like when Rumon and Merewyn first encounter him?

7. How did Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, look when Rumon first sees him?

8. How did Alfrida act toward Edward in the beginning of Chapter 6?

9. What terrible events followed very soon after Edward's Coronation?

10. When Merewyn arrives at the Great Hall of Lydford Castle, how does she describe it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Think about how the characters, setting, and themes in "Avalon" relate to the period in which it was written. (The early to mid 1960s.) How is it a reflection, and how is it a criticism of that time period? How does Seton make her opinions about that world clear to the reader?

Essay Topic 2

The dove motif appears several times in "Avalon." Why is the dove used in the story? How does it relate to those particular scenes in the novel? How is it important to the overall theme or plot?

Essay Topic 3

When Rumon finds Merewyn in Iceland as an accepted member of society and happily married, Rumon may have viewed that as an act of betrayal by Merewyn. Later, Rumon admits to Merewyn that he betrayed his own values and beliefs when he killed two Vikings during a raid not to save the church's treasures in an act of heroism but symbolically killing Merewyn's Viking husband and father for them having taken Merewyn away from him. Analyze the nature of these betrayals and demonstrate how they contributed to the meaning of "Avalon" as a whole.

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