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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. Which of the following places do the survivors not spend time?

2. Which of the following does Pryderi not find inside the caer?

3. What animal does Pwyll say that he has trapped in the bag?

4. Which of the following was not originally a medieval courtly romance?

5. Who translated THE MABINOGION?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Llwyd use his magic to bring harm to Pryderi and his family?

2. Why, according to the tale, do the warriors of Cynan decide to cut out the tongues of the women?

3. Why does Gwydion suggest obtaining pigs from Pryderi?

4. What are onomastic tales?

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

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

7. What is given to Matholwch and the other Irishmen in compensation for the mutilated horses?

8. How do Math and Gwydion find Lleu Llaw Gyffes after Gronwr shoots him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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"

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