The Mabinogion Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is not one of the sons of Llyr?

2. How old was Gwri when he learned to walk?

3. What relation is Gwydion to Lleu Llaw Gyffes?

4. How many tales appear in THE MABINOGION?

5. Who is the first person to try to rescue Pryderi from the caer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cynon first approach the Hideous Herdsman?

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

3. Why does the author of "The Dream of Rhonabwy" say that nobody can remember the tale without a book?

4. Why does Elen command the roads to be built throughout Britain?

5. Why does Gwydion suggest obtaining pigs from Pryderi?

6. What convinces Gereint that Enid is loyal to him?

7. How do Llud and Llefelys prevent the Coranieid overhearing the plans to destroy them?

8. Why is Cei angry at the two dwarfs?

9. Why and how does Luned rescue Owein?

10. How does Pwyll win Rhiannon back from Gwawl?

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

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

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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