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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 is the reason for the English forces' withdrawal?

2. What is Elen warned against doing?

3. Who is Melangell?

4. What is Nell afraid for?

5. Whose wedding do Simon de Montfort and Nell prepare to attend?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the 1245 war between England and Wales.

2. How does the relationship between Gruffydd and Llewelyn change in Chapter 3?

3. How does King Henry respond when it becomes clear that his sister is not pregnant?

4. What is Simon de Montfort accused of by the lords of Gascony?

5. Why is Llelo's relationship with his grandfather a secret?

6. What happens when Llewelyn's health begins to deteriorate?

7. What happens when Davydd dies?

8. How does Davydd capture Gruffydd and Owain?

9. Describe Davydd's war with Senena and her supporters.

10. Describe the defeat of Simon's army at Evesham.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the challenges in historical fiction is to relate the general sweep of history in a way that retains the feeling of personal experience for the people involved in that history. How does Sharon Kay Penman manage to keep the personal and the historical within sight of each other? Use specific instances from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways is this book relevant to contemporary readers? What contemporary issues are in play in the book, and how would the book contribute to contemporary discussion? Cite specific discussions from contemporary sources, and cite specific instances from the book, that describe its contemporary relevance.

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