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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 refuses to move because he was told not to move?

2. Who is Merlin's mother?

3. Whose dead body does Merlin see when he returns to the castle?

4. Who is a mathematician and an astronomer?

5. What does Merlin seem to say he can create?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes the other men in the pub to turn and to stare at Dinias and Merlin?

2. What does Dinias say about the pub to which he invites Merlin?

3. What does Cerdic do when he sees the cut on Merlin's face?

4. What does Merlin see when he enters the cave?

5. Whose cape is the one that Merlin took when he was hiding in the farm?

6. What does Merlin have a vision of when he goes back to talk with Ambrosius?

7. Why does Ulfin go to Belasius to tell him that Merlin needs a new pony?

8. What has Merlin been learning as his has spent his time in Less Britain with Ambrosius?

9. What does Merlin do in order to keep warm?

10. How might Merlin's memory be described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Crystal Cave is not only the title, but also a major setting in this story. To Merlin, it is a sort of birthplace for his powers and also a place where he restores himself.

Part 1 - Describe the appearance of the Crystal Cave and how Merlin came to find it in the first place.

Part 2 - Give at least 3 examples of lessons Merlin learned while in the Crystal Cave.

Part 3 - What do you think the Crystal Cave represents in the story? What is the larger metaphor for the cave's presence?

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing plays a major role in this novel, giving the characters a sense of what might happen as well as helping the reader to see how the story may or may not unfold.

Part 1 - Give at least three examples of foreshadowing in the novel.

Part 2 - Describe each example of foreshadowing, the setting, and whether it came true the way it was perceived.

Part 3 - Why do you think foreshadowing is used in this story? What does it contribute to the story? To the characters? To the outcomes?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of trickery is rampant in this novel. From men tricking men to magical trickery, it seems that no one can quite believe what they see.

Part 1 - Give three examples of trickery and deception in this story.

Part 2 - What was the result of each of these examples?

Part 3 - Was trickery necessary in these examples? Why or why not?

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