The Mists of Avalon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When is Uther to meet with Igraine?

2. Who is terrified to be outside?

3. Who is too old to bear Uther a son?

4. Who asks the Merlin if the marriage promise to Gwenhwyfar can be broken?

5. Who is Gawaine's younger brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. To where does Morgaine go in order to attend the ceremony in which she is to give up her maidenhead?

2. To where does Arthur order all the women and children be sent to as the battles are increasing?

3. Before Kevin and Morgaine go to Camelot, what happens?

4. What does Igraine do that causes her to become quite ill?

5. Who does Gwenhwyfar accept into service as a lady in waiting?

6. How long does Viviane make Morgaine wait to see her?

7. Who lets Viviane know that Uther Pendragon is dying from a fatal wound in battle?

8. How is it that the court gets fever in the spring, but no one dies from this affliction?

9. VIviane asks Raven to put aside her vow of silence and become the Lady of the Lake. What is Raven's response?

10. When Gwenhwyfar makes a banner for Arthur to carry in battle, what is his response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Doing something because you are told you should is something that also factors into many characters' lives in this story. Morgaine is told she is to give her maidenhead during a ceremony, and she does so without question. How do you think you would have responded if you were told the same thing? What would you have done? Why or why not? Keep in mind that this "order" is coming from the high priestess of Avalon.

Essay Topic 2

Many characters in this story have affairs with others that they love because they are with others they do not love. Cite three examples where this happens in the story. Why do you think these affairs happen, beyond the feelings for the other person? What caused these affairs and how could they have been prevented? Could they have been prevented?

Essay Topic 3

Why is it that people need to choose the rightful heir to a throne? Does this system make sense to you in modern times? Why or why not? Wouldn't it make more sense to choose a king who has the qualities that are necessary, rather than the bloodline? Why do you think some cultures have continued this practice?

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