The Mabinogion Test | Final 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 well-known Arthurian characters is not invoked by Culhwch when he asks his boon from Arthur?

2. Who takes the ring from Owein?

3. What causes the scream?

4. Which of the following countries does not have a representative at the council where a truce is asked for?

5. What does Gereint do to challenge the knight in the mist to fight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who teaches Peredur in the ways of knighthood?

5. Why do Arthur's men stop him from attacking the Black Witch?

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

7. Why does Gereint decide to marry Enid?

8. How is Owein healed after his madness?

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

10. Why does Llefelys travel to France?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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