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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. Who is the first person of Arthur's court to find Gereint wounded under a tree?
2. How many bards sing the praises of Arthur?
3. Where does Owein wound the black knight?
4. How long does Rhonabwy dream for?
5. What is on the banner topping the white pavilion that the first messenger to Arthur and Owein?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Cei angry at the two dwarfs?
2. How does Enid travel to Arthur's court?
3. What convinces Gereint that Enid is loyal to him?
4. Why does the author of "The Dream of Rhonabwy" say that nobody can remember the tale without a book?
5. Why does the lion choose to follow Owein?
6. Why does Glewlwyd Mighty-Grasp recommend that Culhwch should be admitted to Arthur's court?
7. Why does Gereint decide to marry Enid?
8. What are the three plagues that strike Llud's kingdom?
9. Where does Culhwch first see Olwen?
10. Why and how does Luned rescue Owein?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the character of Cei as he appears in the earlier tales and as he appears in the later romances, and describe how the portrayal of this character has changed over time. Use quotes from the text to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Examine the stories that follow the folk-tale motif of the Ill-treated Wife. For each, explain why the woman in question receives ill treatment, what she does about the treatment and how her story is resolved. Your answer should deal with the stories of the following women:
(a) Branwen (Branwen daughter of Llyr)
(b) Rhiannon (Pwyll Prince of Dyfed)
(c) Enid (Gereint son of Erbin)
Essay Topic 3
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.
(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)
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