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. What title do the messengers greet the maiden with?

2. Which of the following places is not mentioned in the tale?

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

4. What is the bridge onto the ship in Macsen's dream made out of?

5. Who decides on Blodeuedd's punishment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Macsen Wledig fall asleep?

2. What action of Pwyll's during his year in the Otherworld impresses Arawn as an example of virtue?

3. Why do the serving women decide to accuse Rhiannon of murdering her son?

4. How does Pwyll win Rhiannon back from Gwawl?

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

6. What does Elen insist on after the messengers salute her as Empress of Rome?

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

8. Why does Aranrhod treat Lleu Llaw Gyffes so spitefully?

9. How does Math react to the news that Goewin has been raped?

10. Why does Efnisien mutilate the Irish horses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the three romances and using material in these, describe what a "typical" (idealised Arthurian) knight is like regarding behaviour, habits, appearance and abilities.

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

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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