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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 Llelo hide his affection for his grandfather?

2. Who advises the king to abandon Wales?

3. Where does Llelo find Elen when he comes to visit her?

4. Where is Gruffydd's father dying?

5. Whom does Senena convince her husband's supporters to oppose?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Henry go to war with France?

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

3. Describe Johanna's death.

4. What happens when Gruffydd and Owain try to escape from captivity?

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

6. Who are Llelo's parents, and what status does this give him?

7. What is the consequence of Henry's war with the French?

8. Describe Davydd's treatment after he surrenders to King Henry.

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

10. What is Simon de Montfort's effect on John the Scot's household?

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

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Oxford Provisions? Who benefited by their implementation? Whose power was curtailed? Was it a step forward? Cite evidence from the novel to argue one way or the other.

Essay Topic 3

Using specific instances from the text, explain the symbolism of the book's title. What is the shadow, and where does it fall? What effect does the title have on the book? How does is guide the reader's expectations? How does the book work against the title?

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