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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is unusual about the warriors brought back to life by the Cauldron of Rebirth?
(a) Their skins have turned green
(b) They cannot speak
(c) They do not bleed when wounded
(d) They have no eyes

2. Which well-known legendary hero appears in several tales within The Mabinogion?
(a) Alexander the Great
(b) Robin Hood
(c) Julius Caesar
(d) King Arthur

3. Which country do these tales originate in?
(a) Scotland
(b) Ireland
(c) England
(d) Wales

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

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

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

7. What was the original name for this collection of tales?
(a) The White Book of Rhydderch
(b) The Red Book of Hergest
(c) The Mabinogion
(d) There was none

8. How long does Rhiannon have to serve her penance?
(a) The rest of her life
(b) Nine years
(c) Seven years
(d) Until the true murderer is found

9. How many tales are versions of French romances?
(a) All of them
(b) Four
(c) Three
(d) Seven

10. What breed of bird did Branwen train to carry a message?
(a) A starling
(b) A skylark
(c) A sparrow
(d) A raven

11. How long does Pwyll spend in the Otherworld?
(a) A year
(b) A month
(c) A week
(d) A season

12. Where is Bendigeifran wounded?
(a) In the foot
(b) In the thigh
(c) In the heart
(d) In the head

13. What is the name of Pryderi's wife?
(a) Tywi
(b) Casnar
(c) Cigfa
(d) Gwyn

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

15. What language was The Mabinogion originally written in?
(a) Latin
(b) Welsh
(c) French
(d) English

Short Answer Questions

1. What sort of tree does Lleu Llaw Gyffes perch in when in his eagle form?

2. Which original manuscript used to compile The Mabinogion is the oldest?

3. Where is Macsen when he receives the message that inspires him to return to Rome?

4. Which of the following is not one of the strongholds built by Elen?

5. Which of the following places are not seen by Macsen's messengers in the Island of Britain?

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