The Black Cauldron Test | Final 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 Taran suggest that Morgant cast him into the cauldron while he's still alive?

2. How many gwythaints does Ellidyr say he killed?

3. What does Orddu first suggest Taran might trade for the cauldron?

4. Who is the first to cross the river?

5. What happens when Taran hits the cauldron with his hammer?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the opening paragraphs of Chapter Twenty, what knocks Taran down and how does Taran figure out what it is?

2. What happens when Taran and the others try to steal the cauldron and what is the reaction of the enchantresses?

3. How did Dallben swallow some of the wisdom potion?

4. What does Eilonwy say to Taran about his depression over trading the brooch?

5. Describe Ellidyr's final moments of life.

6. What is the situation when Taran regains consciousness in Chapter Eighteen and what is his reaction to the situation?

7. What is the proposition Morgant offers to Taran and why does he say he's making the offer?

8. What are some of the options to get rid of the cauldron do Taran and the others consider and what in the end must they do with it?

9. What does Taran think of just before he agrees to give Orddu the brooch in exchange for the cauldron?

10. Why does Taran say he and the others can't simply leave without the cauldron?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Doli? What is Doli's role in the story? Why is Doli a memorable character? Is he likeable? Believable? Why or why not? What is ironic about Doli's name?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of magic in this story? List at least three instances of magic being used along with the importance it plays in each instance.

Essay Topic 3

What the source of Adaon's supernatural vision and wisdom? How does Taran learn of the powers of this item? What happens to the item? Why does Taran believe the trade is a good one?

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