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. What does Mempricius do after he kills his brother?

2. Merlin says that if the workers dig into the ground they will find a pool that, once drained, will reveal two hollow rocks, each containing what?

3. How does Arvirargus, Guiderius' brother, avenge him?

4. How many of Caesar's soldiers are lost to the water?

5. Britain boasts "_________ noble rivers."

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Brutus marry Pandrasus' daughter?

2. What happens after Claudius returns to Rome?

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

4. How is idolatry and paganism wiped out from Britain?

5. How does the Humber River receive its name?

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

7. What is the story of King Leir?

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

9. What does Geoffrey write to Alexander? Why does he do this?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Britain is frequently invaded by foreigners.

Part 1) Describe two attempts at invading Britain. Why do these invasions occur?

Part 2) Why might Britain be so prone to invasion?

Part 3) What countries would be prone to invasion today? How do nations today defend their territory? How does this compare to the invasions and battles in this book?

Essay Topic 2

Geoffrey discusses many Kings, both good and bad.

Part 1) Choose two of these Kings. Describe them.

Part 2) Are these kings good or bad? How do you know? How do their actions affect the people of Britain? How are their actions influenced by others?

Part 3) How do these Kings affect the overall history of Britain?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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