Avalon Test | Final 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. Why does the chief Viking order Merewyn to be taken to his ship?

2. How long does it take the ships to get to the land Erik speaks of?

3. What year is it at the beginning of Chapter 10?

4. What commands does Leif present to the people when he arrives at the feast?

5. Ketil rides around on his horse looking for whom at "Logberg"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was wrong with Ethelred's first wife, Queen Elgifu, in the year 1002?

2. How did Bishop Ethelwold reply to Merewyn when she asked him where she should go upon her return from her journey to bury the Abbess' heart at St. Petroc's?

3. Why did Orm stiffen when the porter at Glastonbury Abbey referred to the Vikings as "dreadful Danes?"

4. When did Rumon get word of Merewyn's whereabouts when he followed her back to Padstow?

5. How does Merewyn describe Thorbjorg, the seeress from Brattalid?

6. What did Orm feel for his mother once Orm sold the Bylgia to the Bristol Thane, Odo?

7. When Finian and Rumon went up to the monastery, what did the prior, Poldu, say happened to Merewyn during the Viking raid?

8. What did Merewyn tell the porter at Glastonbury Abbey that got her in to see the Abbot?

9. What did Merewyn see as the differences between Greenland and Iceland?

10. What is Thora, Merewyn's daughter, like in June of 1000?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Avalon" has many journeys in it. Discuss how these journeys of Rumon and Merewyn add to the novel as a whole and parallel the inner journeys that both Rumon and Merewyn experience.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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