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. What does the King give Derfel before he leaves?

2. How does Arthur respond to the request for Excalibur?

3. What kind of ritual is performed a the important spring feast?

4. Where does Derfel give his message to the king?

5. What does Arthur congratulate Derfel for after saving him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Arthur ask Derfel to do during the winter following the sacrificial ritual?

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

3. What is the one thing Arthur does NOT do while he is fighting with Derfel against the Saxons?

4. What happens as Derfel and his men prepare to die in battle against the Saxon armies?

5. Why does Arthur send Derfel to confer with Aelle, and how does Derfel feel about this?

6. How does Arthur find his son at the temple of Mithras?

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

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

9. What is done to keep at bay the first wave of attack from the Saxons on Derfel's trapped men?

10. What disappoints Derfel when he arrives at the Aelle's hall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Honor is something that many of the main characters were striving for in this book. Who is most affected by this pursuit, and how doesd it change the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the forms of foreshadowing used in this book, and how do those moments affect the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Merlin and his Druid followers present a very interesting and unique philosophy on life. What is this philosophy, and how does this different idealism affect the people around him?

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