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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 Llelo want in his father's chamber?

2. What does Elen hear Gruffydd is planning, when she gets to Gloucester?

3. What do the Welsh offer after the English attack?

4. What territory does Simon acquire after the war?

5. What does Llewelyn Fawr build at Llanfaes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Henry unhappy about Nell's marriage to Simon?

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

4. How does Davydd capture Gruffydd and Owain?

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

6. Describe the courtship of Nell and Simon de Montfort.

7. What position does the king give Simon de Montfort after Llewelyn and Owain's surrender?

8. What is Llewelyn's response to Johanna's death?

9. How does Gruffydd lose his land?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If you were to change Falls the Shadow, or write another work on the same topic, what would you do differently? What events would you cover in more detail? How would you tell this story differently yourself?

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

Would you recommend Falls the Shadow? For what purposes would you recommend Falls the Shadow, and what kinds of readers would you recommend it for? What other book would you recommend that would cover the same material or tell the same story in a different way?

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