Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur Test | Mid-Book 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. How many Saxon warriors are in the hall when Derfel gets there?

2. Who sends Derfel an invitation to the important spring feast?

3. What makes Derfel think Merlin can talk to the gods?

4. What kind of city is Aquius Sulis?

5. How is Arthur able to defeat the Saxon Army?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Derfel realize when he hears Druids sacrifice the sons of kings?

2. What does Aelle do before Derfel leaves his castle after delivering the message from Arthur?

3. What happens as Derfel and his men pass an old Roman city on their way to Corinium?

4. What warning did Bors give Derfel, and how did this affect the fight?

5. What is Arthur's initial plan of attack against the Saxons?

6. Who are Guinevere's jailers?

7. What is the first thing Derfel does when he realizes that he and his men are trapped in the earthen fortress?

8. What does Aelle say after Derfel has defeated the Saxon warrior in the court?

9. What is the climax of the battle against the Saxon armies?

10. How does Arthur form his plan of attack on the Saxon armies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sacrifice is a theme that is prevalent in this book. Who are the characters most affected by this theme, and how do they allow sacrifice to change their lives?

Essay Topic 2

How does Derfel lose his hand, and how does this affect the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

How is this book narrated, and what does this do to enhance the plot?

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