The History of the Kings of Britain 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. Once Caesar receives the hostages, what does he do?

2. What does Guiderius refuse to do?

3. Brutus secures the castle and leaves 600 soldiers to guard it while he goes out to tell the Trojan people of his recent victory. Pandrasus decides to attack the fortress by night. Is he successful in wearing down the Trojans inside?

4. After Anacletus draws the guards away, Brutus will do what?

5. Aurelius and Utherpendragon are fostered by whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place after Pandrasus agrees to his daughter's marriage to Brutus?

2. What happens when both Mepricius and Malin want to be King?

3. What happens after Caesar sends a letter to King Cassivelaunus?

4. How does the Humber River receive its name?

5. What does Julius Caesar think of Britons?

6. Why does Brutus marry Pandrasus' daughter?

7. What does Ebraucus do when he takes over control of Britain?

8. How do Caesar's ships become impaled in the River Thames?

9. What is the story of King Leir?

10. How do more Saxons begin arriving in Britain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vortigern is not a desirable ruler.

Part 1) Describe Vortigern. Why is he a desirable ruler? How does his behavior prior to his rule reflect and foreshadow this?

Part 2) How does Vortigern compare to Brutus? How does Vortigern reinforce what is lacking in Britain's rulers? Are these qualities that are lacking found in rulers today?

Part 3) What characteristics are necessary for a ruler today? How do these compare to the necessary qualities in Britain at this time?

Essay Topic 2

King Arthur's personal character is far above that of the rulers who preceded him.

Part 1) Describe King Arthur. How is he the consummate King?

Part 2) How is he connected to the brilliant star? How does this star foreshadow his greatness?

Part 3) How does Arthur resemble Brutus? How does the reader know that, although he is extraordinary, he is still human? What does this mean for the rest of us?

Essay Topic 3

Britain is founded by an outcast.

Part 1) Who is this outcast? How does he become an outcast?

Part 2) Should he have been an outcast? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is significant about the fact this founder is an outcast? What does this say about the people of Britain at this time and today?

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