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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. Who delivers Arthur?

2. What names do Merlin and Ralf assume when they are waiting at the inn to go to the castle?

3. When does Merlin arrive in Britain?

4. When does Ralf take Arthur to Count Ector?

5. What is Merlin's proper name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Merlin travel in disguise with the infant Arthur? What disguise does he assume?

4. How does Merlin find Macsen's sword?

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

6. 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?

7. How does Arthur finally meet Merlin? How does Merlin recognize the boy?

8. What question does Bedwyr raise while at the chapel with Arthur and Merlin that others have not asked? How does Arthur respond?

9. The spring after Arthur's twelfth birthday brings the rumblings of war to England. What happens?

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

Putting aside the more magical aspects of Arthur's trip to the throne, there are a lot of politics at work within this story. Create a summary of those politics. Name the players and what they stand to gain or lose.

Essay Topic 2

What is the true symbol of Arthur's claim to the throne? How does the reader know this?

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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