The Mabinogion 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. When does Teyrnon's mare give birth to a foal?

2. Which of the brothers settles permanently in Llydaw?

3. Which of the following did Efnisien not to do the horses?

4. How long does it take Elen's brothers to conquer the city?

5. Which of the following is not part of the situation where Lleu Llaw Gyffes can be killed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are onomastic tales?

2. What period in history were the later tales in "The Mabinogion" written down in?

3. Exactly what disappears during the thunder and mist, and what does not?

4. What happens to Branwen after the battle?

5. What three tokens of manhood does Aranrhod refuse to give Lleu Llaw Gyffes?

6. How does Lleu Llaw Gyffes get his name?

7. How does Pwyll win Rhiannon back from Gwawl?

8. What does Macsen see in his dream beside the river?

9. What conditions does Manawydan demand in exchange for the freedom of the mouse?

10. Which manuscript used to compile The Mabinogion is the earliest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Family relationships seem to play an important role in the tales in The Mabinogion. Choose three of the family groups below and describe the relationship that exists between them in detail. For each, state how the relationship helps progress the plot of the tale. Choose from:

(a) Culhwch and Arthur

(b) Pryderi and Manawydan

(c) Branwen, Bendigeidfran and Efnisien

(d) Gwydion, Aranrhod and Lleu Llaw Gyffes

Essay Topic 2

Hunting seems to be an important plot element in many of the tales in The Mabinogion. Eexplain the role that hunts and hunting play in the plots of the following tales:

(a) Pwyll Prince of Dyfed

(b) Culhwch and Olwen

(c) The Dream of Macsen Wledig

Essay Topic 3

"The Dream of Rhonabwy" contains a contrast between Arthurian days and "modern life" (from the perspective of the author, i.e. Medieval life). Describe and evaluate this contrast. Your answer should be structured as follows:

(1) Describe the Arthurian setting in the tale

(2) Describe the "real world' in the tale

(3) Decide which setting is more exaggerated and what you believe the author was attempting to say through the contrast.

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