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. What does Eilonwy say Adaon's brooch has provided Taran?

2. Which of the following is not an activity of which Taran is aware during their travels soon after Adaon's death?

3. At the beginning of Chapter Ten, what does Gurgi look like when they stop to rest

4. What does Taran discover when he wakes from his sleep?

5. Who initially leads the way as they set our for the Marshes of Morva?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ellidyr say that makes Taran decide he'll go in search of the cauldron and what does Eilonwy say that makes him change his mind?

2. 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?

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

4. Why does Doli say being invisible isn't a good thing?

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

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

7. How does Taran know it's about to rain and why are his companions convinced that he is right?

8. Briefly describe Smoit's first meeting with Taran.

9. What is news of Doli does Fflewddur give?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Fflewddur? Why does he carry a harp? What unique thing does the harp sometimes do when Fflewddur is talking?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe the three enchantresses. What is their role in the story? They have an argument about what each of them does when it's their turn to be Orddu. What do you believe this means?

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