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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. Where does Merlin first see visions?

2. What is the name of Arthur's adopted brother?

3. Who is the son of Ban of Benoic?

4. Who often accompanied Arthur to Merlin's chapel?

5. How does Merlin feel when riding toward the castle once he has been summoned?

Short Essay Questions

1. What story does Merlin tell the young goat herd who is caring for him after he injures his hand? Why does he tell him the story?

2. Merlin admits to the reader for the first time since the story began that he is apprehensive about meeting with the queen. Why?

3. What does Uther reveal to Merlin about his injury? How does this effect his concern for Arthur?

4. Why does the hermit at the Chapel of the Green feel comfortable telling Merlin about the story of Macsen's sword?

5. Why does Merlin plan to take over the Chapel of the Green himself after the old hermit dies?

6. Why does Merlin hide himself away in his cave for three months after returning to Bryn Myrddin?

7. How does Merlin come to know the Old Ones in the forest?

8. What does the term "Flood Year" refer to? Why is it important to the story?

9. Merlin asks the messenger to give him all the information he has on the world outside of Merlin's cave. He tells him about the war and the invading Saxons. What significance does this play to the story?

10. What is the significance of the star that shines the night that Arthur is born and the night he leaves the castle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Merlin's impressions of Arthur. How do his descriptions of Arthur evolve throughout the story?

Essay Topic 2

What evidence is there that the characters who participated in bringing Uther and Ygraine together the night of Arthur's conception are more closely connected than any of them first realize?

Essay Topic 3

There are two purposes behind Merlin's fanciful story of Arthur's birth to the young goat herd. What are they? Describe in your answer which one is an important piece of Arthur's rise and which one describes Merlin's character.

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