Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is unusual about the boar pursued by Pryderi's hunting hounds?
2. What is the bridge onto the ship in Macsen's dream made out of?
3. What is the name of the cantref ruled over by Lleu Llaw Gyffes before his betrayal by Blodeuedd and Gronwr?
4. How many years did the four spend living in the wilds before moving to Lloegyr?
5. How fast is Rhiannon's horse travelling when the messengers pursue her?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the author of "The Dream of Rhonabwy" say that nobody can remember the tale without a book?
2. How were these tales originally presented to an audience?
3. Exactly what disappears during the thunder and mist, and what does not?
4. Why does Cynon first approach the Hideous Herdsman?
5. Why is Cei angry at the two dwarfs?
6. Why do the four have to leave the towns in Lloegyr they try to settle in?
7. What is given to Matholwch and the other Irishmen in compensation for the mutilated horses?
8. Why does Efnisien mutilate the Irish horses?
9. Where does Macsen Wledig fall asleep?
10. Where does Culhwch first see Olwen?
The Mabinogion contains numerous examples of onomastic tales. Choose three places from the list below and for each, explain the following:
(1) How, according to the tale they appear in, the place earned its name
(2) How important the incident is in the plot of the tale in which it appears.
(a) Talebolion (Branwen daughter of Llyr)
(b) Llydaw (The Dream of Macsen Wledig)
(c) Caer Fyrddin (The Dream of Macsen Wledig)
(d) Creuwyron (Math son of Mathonwy)
(e) Caer Llud (Llud and Llefelys)
Examine the stories that follow the folk-tale motif of the Ill-treated Wife. For each, explain why the woman in question receives ill treatment, what she does about the treatment and how her story is resolved. Your answer should deal with the stories of the following women:
(a) Branwen (Branwen daughter of Llyr)
(b) Rhiannon (Pwyll Prince of Dyfed)
(c) Enid (Gereint son of Erbin)
Many claim that Celtic society assigned a high status to women. Bearing in mind that The Mabinogion is considered to be a very important collection of Celtic legend, do the tales in The Mabinogion support this view? Use examples from at least three tales to support your answer.
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