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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 Davydd hope he can do in Wales?
2. What does Simon meet when he gets to London?
3. What is Simon involved in when he hears of the illness of his daughter?
4. Where does the meeting of barons take place?
5. Where does Edward join King Henry?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Simon de Montfort accused of by the lords of Gascony?
2. What is Edward's role in the opposition between Simon and King Henry?
3. Under what condition does Simon ultimately quit Gascony?
4. How is Simon's army nearly wiped out?
5. Describe the defeat of Simon's army at Evesham.
6. What problem have the Lusignan confronted King Henry with?
7. What do the Oxford Provisions change?
8. What is the outcome of Owain and Davydd's fight for Gwynedd?
9. Why doesn't Nell de Montfort turn over castles as required by treaty, and what happens to resolve this issue?
10. What problems does Simon confront after his victory over Henry?
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
Compare and contrast the family dramas of Llewelyn and Gruffydd and the drama of Simon's opposition to Henry. How are they similar? How are they different? How does the book reconcile the two dramas?
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