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

2. What is the name of one of the men sent to spy on Merlin?

3. Who writes to Merlin to let him know that the queen is pregnant?

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

5. What disguise does Merlin take on while traveling with Arthur for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Merlin find Macsen's sword?

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

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

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

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

6. What plan do Merlin and Ygraine develop for Arthur after his birth? Why?

7. Four men come to visit Merlin at Bryn Myrddin, claiming they are sent by King Uther. Merlin knows that this is not true. How does he know?

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

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

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

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

The people believe that Merlin is a powerful enchanter. What factors play into that belief? What do we know about Merlin, the common people, and the nobility that enable this belief?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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