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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 are Gwythaints?

2. What are the food items Taran sees inside Gwystyl's cavern?

3. What does Gurgi say he'll do when Taran announces he's going in search of the cauldron?

4. What does Fflewddur think his role in the battle should be?

5. What does Princes Eilonwy have in her hand when she makes her first appearance in chapter one?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In chapter ten, describe what Taran and the others do to evade the Huntsmen they encounter near the marshes?

4. What are the "Cauldron-Born?"

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

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

7. What does Adaon say he dreamed about Taran and what is Taran's response?

8. What does Doli say he learned about the cauldron and why do Adaon and Fflewddur say they now have to do?

9. What does Eilonwy say they used for transportation and what happened to put her afoot?

10. List three details of Taran's dreams as he sleeps after Adaon's death.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who has the cauldron as the story opens? What is the cauldron being used for? What does Taran plan to use it for? Ellidyr promises he wasn't going to use it for evil himself. Do you believe him? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What is the Black Cauldron? Who has possession of it when the story opens? Why do Taran and the others feel the need to get it? Where do they eventually find it? What happens to it?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Gwystyl? What is his role in the story? What does Taran think of Gwystyl? What does Eilonwy think of him? What is later learned about him?

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