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. Who does Edward wed?

2. What does Bishop Ehtelwold donate?

3. When Rumon meets Breaca of Uther, what does he notices?

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

5. What does Alfrida do to surprise Rumon shortly after Yuletide passes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Rumon decorated his rooms in the Glastonbury Abbey guesthouse during the 2 years he lived there?

2. Describe Brother Finian.

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

4. Describe Rumon's appearance when he first meets Merewyn.

5. How does Queen Alfrida look when she arrives in the Great Hall to meet Merewyn and Rumon?

6. What kind of person is Earl Alfhere, Lord of all Mercia, when he is introduced in Chapter 3? What does he look like?

7. How has Merewyn changed since she first came to work for Alfrida in the Queen's Bower?

8. When Bishop Ethelwold visited Abbess Merwinna, what did he say happened to Alfhere?

9. How does Dunstan describe the scene that he came upon that led him to take Rumon to Glastonbury Abbey two weeks after the 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

In "Avalon," Merewyn must contend with her past and the truth of who she is. Explain how Merewyn's relationship to her past and how she deals with who she is affects what she does, what she thinks and even some of her values and how the way Merewyn deals with who she is contributes to the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Alfrida could be considered a villainness. Analyze the nature of her villainy and show how it enhances the meaning of the novel and is crucial to plot development.

Essay Topic 3

How does the title of the novel, "Avalon," relate to the novel itself? Is the title descriptive? A statement of the theme? Or something else altogether? Why Did Seton choose the title "Avalon" over other possibilities? Analyze the relationship between title and novel, paying attention to the reasons that the title highlights something that the Seton wants readers to know or come to understand about the novel.

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