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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. How many small hillsmen surround Merlin in the forest as he wakes?

2. Who accompanies Merlin after he takes Arthur from the castle?

3. What is Arthur's younger sister's name?

4. Who follows Arthur to the chapel in the woods when he meets Merlin?

5. Why does Stilicho stay behind at Merlin's cave?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the extraordinary qualities attributed to Merlin? How many, if any, of them are true? What is the truth about Merlin?

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

3. Why does Merlin spend so much time traveling all over Europe? Where does he go? How long is he gone?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. Moravik has a unique perspective of Merlin. What is it and why does she feel the way she does about him?

7. What does Ralf tell Merlin about the riders who attacked him on his way to Merlin's to deliver a letter?

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

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

10. What dream does Merlin have while traveling to the glass blower's hut in the forest? What is its significance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the battle against Colgrim, it is clear that Arthur has a significant amount of backing as Uther's heir. But, even as Merlin leaves Uther certain of the succession, he is uneasy. Why? What concerns are still present?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Merlin has visions and prophecies throughout the story about Arthur and those around him. How do these visions shape the actions of the characters? Give one example of a vision that came true and an example of one that did not. Which are more significant?

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