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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. Why was Manawydan able to catch Llwyd's wife in mouse form?

2. Which tale is the earliest contained in THE MABINOGION?

3. Why does Efnisien grow angry during the feast?

4. Which of the following parts of shoemaking do Manawydan and Pryderi not do for themselves?

5. When do the mice come to steal Manawydan's grain?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Math react to the news that Goewin has been raped?

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

4. What action of Pwyll's during his year in the Otherworld impresses Arawn as an example of virtue?

5. Why do the serving women decide to accuse Rhiannon of murdering her son?

6. Why does Pryderi arrange for his widowed mother to marry Manawydan?

7. Where did the Three Romances originate from before being written for the Mabinogion?

8. What does Elen insist on after the messengers salute her as Empress of Rome?

9. Why does Aranrhod treat Lleu Llaw Gyffes so spitefully?

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

Several of the tales in The Mabinogion seem to have the transition from boyhood to manhood as their theme. Choose two of the tales below and for each, describe the attributes that the main character must gain in order to prove that he is a man, and how he obtains these. Choose from:

(a) "Culhwch and Olwen"

(b) "Math son of Mathonwy"

(c) "Peredur son of Efrawg"

Essay Topic 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the character of Cei as he appears in the earlier tales and as he appears in the later romances, and describe how the portrayal of this character has changed over time. Use quotes from the text to support your answer.

(see the answer keys)

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