The Black Cauldron 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. Why does Adaon take over leading the group after only a short distance?

2. What does Adaon say to Gwystyl?

3. What does Gwystyl use to fan himself?

4. What does Gwystyl say his magic powder will do to help Taran and the group?

5. Where is the wound that's bleeding on Ellidyr's body?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reaction of the group when Taran discovers Ellidyr is missing and why do they follow him?

2. What happens between Taran and Ellidyr that results in Taran and Melynlas falling?

3. Describe the moment Taran realizes Doli has joined the fight against the Huntsmen.

4. What is the Dark Gate and what is Taran's reaction when he hears the name mentioned?

5. What is Gwystyl's job and what does Doli say about Gwystyl's effort to do his job?

6. In Chapter Two, Gwydion and Smoit have a difference of opinion as to whether the others have to join in the attack against Arawn. Describe that conversation.

7. What is Ellidyr's reaction when Taran offers to help with Ellidyr's horse and what is Ellidyr's reaction when Taran finds a rock in the horse's hoof?

8. Describe the argument Ellidyr and Taran have over Eilonwy's arrival.

9. List at least three things about Gwystyl's cavern and describe his reaction to the arrival of Taran and the others.

10. What is news of Doli does Fflewddur give?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Taran? What is his role in the story? Why is he an important character? What are his strengths and weaknesses? Is he likeable? Believable? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Who (what) is Gurgi? What descriptions are given about Gurgi? What is his role in the story? What is significant about the way Gurgi talks?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Adaon? What is his power? What does Taran learn about the source of this power and how does he learn this? What happens to Adaon? Why does Adaon refuse to decide whether the group will go on from Gwystyl's cavern?

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