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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. When does Merlin arrive in Britain?

2. Where does Merlin send Ralf with a request regarding Uther's unborn child?

3. Where does Merlin first see visions?

4. Where does Ygraine suggest Arthur be taken once born?

5. Who is the son of Ban of Benoic?

Short Essay Questions

1. What saves Merlin and company while they are traveling through the Perilous Forest? How? Does the author lead the reader to believe that this is an ordinary occurrence?

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

3. Why does Merlin feel that he cannot share information, even with Ahdjan, a relative, so far from Britain?

4. Why are the people concerned and apprehensive about Uther's health? Is it more than just concern for their king?

5. What does Ector tell Merlin of the other royal families in the area? Why are their activities important?

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

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

8. Why does Merlin seek out the holy man in the forest chapel?

9. 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?

10. What parts of Arthur's upbringing do Merlin and Uther agree on? What parts do they not agree on? What is Merlin's solution to the problem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Merlin's interest in seeing Arthur through to the throne. Is it personal? Does he stay objective?

Essay Topic 2

How does Merlin solve the problem of Morgause? Does the author give any indication that this problem will come back to haunt Arthur?

Essay Topic 3

What is the truth behind the injury Uther received during a skirmish with the Saxons? Why has it made Uther question his future and Arthur?

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