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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following animals are Gilfaethwy and Gwydion not transformed into?
(a) Pigs
(b) Wolves
(c) Deer
(d) Greyhounds

2. Who translated THE MABINOGION?
(a) We do not know
(b) Lady Charlotte Guest
(c) Gwyn and Thomas Jones
(d) Chretién de Troyes

3. What does Elen arrange to be brought to Britain so Macsen can feel more at home?
(a) Soil from his native land
(b) His hunting hounds
(c) Grapevines
(d) His ageing mother

4. Which of the following does Gwydion not use at some stage during the tale to create his illusions?
(a) Toadstools
(b) Seaweed
(c) Flowers
(d) Mistletoe

5. Where did Manawydan go to offer homage to Caswallawn?
(a) The White Mount in London
(b) Arberth
(c) Oxford
(d) Dyfed

6. How many messengers set out on the journey indicated by Macsen's dream?
(a) Twenty
(b) Thirteen
(c) One
(d) Five

7. What is the name of the man (other than Pwyll) who claims Rhiannon as his bride?
(a) Gwion
(b) Gawain
(c) Gwawl
(d) Gwri

8. What color is the horse ridden by Rhiannon when she first appears to Pwyll?
(a) White
(b) Dapple-Grey
(c) Black
(d) Red

9. Which tale is the earliest contained in THE MABINOGION?
(a) Branwen Daughter of Llyr
(b) Culhwch and Olwen
(c) Gereint Son of Erbin
(d) Math Son of Mathonwy

10. How does Llwyd transform his wife back into human form?
(a) He sings a song of power
(b) He claps his hands three times
(c) He taps her with a magic wand
(d) He writes a sigil in the air

11. What type of bird does Lleu Llaw Gyffes kill in order to get his name?
(a) A starling
(b) A wren
(c) An eagle
(d) A raven

12. What relation is Gwydion to Lleu Llaw Gyffes?
(a) His cousin
(b) His father
(c) His uncle
(d) His brother

13. What sort of tree does Lleu Llaw Gyffes perch in when in his eagle form?
(a) A beech
(b) A birch
(c) An ash
(d) An oak

14. Who had Bendigeifran left as his regent while he was in Ireland?
(a) Manawydan
(b) Pendaran Dyfed
(c) Cradawg
(d) Caswallawn

15. What equipment do the brothers use to breach the city walls and enter the city?
(a) Catapults
(b) Fire
(c) Ladders
(d) Battering rams

Short Answer Questions

1. What breed of bird did Branwen train to carry a message?

2. What is Macsen Wledig doing when he falls asleep and has his dream?

3. Which of the following flowers is not used to create Blodeuedd?

4. Who invented the word "Mabinogion"?

5. How fast is Rhiannon's horse travelling when the messengers pursue her?

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