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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 is on the banner topping the white pavilion that the first messenger to Arthur and Owein?

2. What did Cynon see the two blond curly-haired youths doing in the castle?

3. Which of the following well-known Arthurian characters is not invoked by Culhwch when he asks his boon from Arthur?

4. Who hits Ysbaddaden in the knee with one of the giant's poisoned spears?

5. How many bards sing the praises of Arthur?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the empress give to Peredur that helps him kill the Addanc?

2. Why and how does Luned rescue Owein?

3. Why does Llefelys travel to France?

4. Where do Owein and Arthur play their games of gwyddbwyll?

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

6. Why does Gereint decide to marry Enid?

7. How does Llud deal with the plague of the scream?

8. Why does Peredur's mother raise him in seclusion?

9. What do the Arthurian figures Rhonabwy meets in his dream say about Rhonabwy's looks?

10. Why is Cei angry at the two dwarfs?

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

Choose two of the women who play a significant role in the tales, and compare and contrast their characters. Which of the two is the stronger heroine? Chose from:

(a) Elen of the Hosts (in "The Dream of Macsen Wledig")

(b) Enid (in "Gereint son of Erbin")

(c) Branwen (from "Branwen daughter of Llyr")

(d) Rhiannon (from "Pwyll Prince of Dyfed and "Manawydan son of Llyr")

(e) Aranrhod (from "Math son of Mathonwy")

Essay Topic 3

Many claim that Celtic society assigned a high status to women. Bearing in mind that The Mabinogion is considered to be a very important collection of Celtic legend, do the tales in The Mabinogion support this view? Use examples from at least three tales to support your answer.

(see the answer keys)

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