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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Gareth and Lynette," Lancelot tells Lynette that a man is only made strong through what?
(a) Victory.
(b) Virtue.
(c) Defeat.
(d) Justice.

2. Who is King Pellam's heir in "Balin and Balan"?
(a) Uther.
(b) Balin.
(c) Garlon.
(d) Arthur.

3. How does Guinevere promise to dress Geraint's wife in "The Marriage of Geraint"?
(a) Like the stars.
(b) Like the sun.
(c) Like a princess.
(d) Like a queen.

4. What do some men believe is more fitting of a maiden for a knight in "Merlin and Vivien"?
(a) Bearing children.
(b) Marrying.
(c) Remaining a virgin.
(d) Committing suicide.

5. Who gives Arthur his sword in the Dedication?
(a) The Lady of the Lake.
(b) Uther.
(c) Lodogrian.
(d) Merlin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Geraint inform the knight that he and Enid meet while leaving Doorm?

2. In the Dedication, what land is "Thick with wet woods, and many a beast therein"?

3. What are Balin's praises of the Queen met with in Pellam's castle?

4. Who is on his way to disband Doorm's kingdom in "Geraint and Enid"?

5. Whom does Gareth mistake for a bandit and attack in "Gareth and Lynette"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Edyrn's transformation have religious undertones?

2. What is the controversy over Arthur's birth in "The Coming of the King"? What does this have to do with the central plot of Arthur's objective in the story?

3. What is the state of England in "The Coming of Arthur"? Upon whose kingdom is the point of focus?

4. Who does Leodogran summon to prove Arthur's birth? What do they relay?

5. What does Balin do once Balan has left on his mission for Arthur?

6. What is the problem that Lynette turns to Arthur for help with?

7. What is the importance of royal blood to King Leodogran?

8. Why does Geraint leave Camelot in "The Marriage of Geraint"? What is thought by others of his leaving?

9. What finally convinces Leodogran of Arthur's nobility?

10. What does Guinevere represent to Balin in "Balin and Balan"? How does this affect his actions?

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