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. Who is leading Morgant's warriors when they encounter Taran's group in the meadow?

2. Why does Eilonwy wish for straw once the group is in the shed?

3. What does Ellidyr do to destroy the cauldron?

4. What is the idea Taran comes up with to make the cauldron easier to carry once they are in the woods?

5. Why does the enchantress say Taran and the others don't have to worry about being stepped on after they are turned into toads?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ellidyr's final moments of life.

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

3. Describe the reunion with Ellidyr.

4. Describe the encounter with the gwythaints.

5. What is Morgant's plan for the cauldron and why does he say he deserves to have it?

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

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

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

9. What are some of the trades offered to Orddu for the cauldron and what is Orddu's reaction to each?

10. What are the conditions Ellidyr places on his help moving the cauldron and what are his reasons for those conditions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe any two settings in the story. Why are these settings important to the story? Are they believable? Should they be 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

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.

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