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. Androgeus strategically places Caesar's forces so what will happen?

2. Why are many readers already familiar with King Leir's story?

3. After twenty years of rule, by what is Mempricius killed?

4. For how long does Madden rule?

5. What happens when Cassivelaunus' nephew, Hirelgdas, is slain?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cassivelaunus' emotions get the best of him?

2. Describe Severus' reign.

3. What happens after Guiderius refuses to pay the tribute agreed upon by Cassivelaunus?

4. How does Vortigern gain control of Britain?

5. Why does Brutus marry Pandrasus' daughter?

6. What do Brutus' sons do when he dies?

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

8. How is Britain described? What is the purpose of this book?

9. What is the story of King Leir?

10. How does the Humber River receive its name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The story of King Leir is familiar to many readers.

Part 1) Describe this story. Why is it familiar? Why might Shakespeare have been interested in King Leir's story?

Part 2) What is the message of this story? How do you know this?

Part 3) How can a reader today relate to this story, as well as this book as a whole? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

There is a theme in this book of sibling rivalry.

Part 1) How is sibling rivalry a theme? Describe this rivalry in two stories from this book.

Part 2) How does this rivalry affect the siblings and Britain? Why?

Part 3) Why does this rivalry exist? Could it be avoided? If so, how? If not, why not?

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