Le Morte d'Arthur Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What does it mean when Arthur is able to pull out the sword from the stone?

When Arthur is able to pull out the sword, it means that he is the rightful king of England.

2. What does Merlin predict about Arthur's actions?

Merlin predicts that the kingdom will be destroyed because Arthur slept with his sister.

3. When Uther dies, the Archbishop of Canterbury is responsible for naming the next King of England. What does he propose the kingdom do to find the king? Does he know that Uther has already chosen Arthur as his heir?

Nobody knows besides Merlin that Arthur has been named the rightful heir. The Archbishop suggests that those who want the title of King pull Excalibur from the stone in the castle courtyard. Nobody can do it except Arthur because he is the rightful heir.

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