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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. How many years did the four spend living in the wilds before moving to Lloegyr?

2. Which country do these tales originate in?

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

4. What is the name of the man (other than Pwyll) who claims Rhiannon as his bride?

5. Who accuses Rhiannon of the murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Branwen after the battle?

2. How do Bendigeidfran and his brothers know that the Irish ships are coming in peace?

3. What role does Macsen Wledig play in the reconquest of Rome?

4. What do the Irish hide within the hall built for Bendigeidfran and why?

5. Why does Efnisien mutilate the Irish horses?

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

7. Was the name "The Mabinogion" originally given to this collection of tales?

8. What are onomastic tales?

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

10. How were these tales originally presented to an audience?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Choose from:

(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)

Essay Topic 2

The motif of the magical food vessel seems to be an important one in Celtic mythology and in The Mabinogion. Choose three examples of these magical food vessels presented in the text and describe each in detail. Along with your description, explain the role that the vessel plays in the plot.

Essay Topic 3

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

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