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. Why does Efnisien grow angry during the feast?

2. What sort of tree does Lleu Llaw Gyffes perch in when in his eagle form?

3. Who accuses Rhiannon of the murder?

4. How many people does Macsen Wledig see in his dream?

5. How many children does Aranrhod give birth to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lleu Llaw Gyffes get his name?

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

3. How does Pwyll win Rhiannon back from Gwawl?

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

5. Why do the four have to leave the towns in Lloegyr they try to settle in?

6. Why does Cigfa become so fearful after Rhiannon and Pryderi vanish?

7. What are onomastic tales?

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

9. Where does Macsen Wledig fall asleep?

10. Why does Teyrnon decide to take Gwri to the court of Pwyll?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Mabinogion, what behavior is considered honourable or dishonourable? Choose two examples of behaviour described as honourable in the text and two examples of dishonourable behaviour. Describe each in detail, and include an explanation of how the honourable or dishonourable action affects the events of the plot.

Essay Topic 2

Animals often seem to play a magical role in some of the tales of The Mabinogion. Choose three animals from the list below and describe some examples of how they are used the tales. Your answer should also state how the animals seem to affect the events of the plot. Choose from:

(a) pigs or boars

(b) mice

(c) horses

(d) birds

(e) deer

Essay Topic 3

"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.

(see the answer keys)

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