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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Mabinogion often sets the plot events in places that the listeners would have been familiar with. Choose three of the real-world places below and for each, state which tale or tales that the place is mentioned in and the most significant events to take place there. Choose from:

(a) Caer Llion

(b) London

(c) Ireland

(d) Dyfed

(e) Cornwall

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the women who play a significant role in the tales, and compare and contrast their characters. Which of the two is the stronger heroine? Chose from:

(a) Elen of the Hosts (in "The Dream of Macsen Wledig")

(b) Enid (in "Gereint son of Erbin")

(c) Branwen (from "Branwen daughter of Llyr")

(d) Rhiannon (from "Pwyll Prince of Dyfed and "Manawydan son of Llyr")

(e) Aranrhod (from "Math son of Mathonwy")

Essay Topic 3

Describe how the character of King Arthur changes over time. Your answer should describe how he is portrayed in:

(a) "Culhwch and Olwen"

(b) the three romances ("The Lady of the Fountain", "Peredur son of Efrawg" and "Gereint son of Erbin")

(c) "The Dream of Rhonabwy".

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