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 does not take part in the storytelling in Arthur's court?

2. Why does Enid scream?

3. What is unusual about the dwarfs who speak the praise of Peredur (apart from their lack of height)?

4. What relation is Culhwch to Arthur?

5. What relation is the Lame King to Peredur?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Cei angry at the two dwarfs?

3. How do Llud and Llefelys prevent the Coranieid overhearing the plans to destroy them?

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

5. Why does Llefelys travel to France?

6. Why and how does Luned rescue Owein?

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

8. How does Enid travel to Arthur's court?

9. Why does Gereint decide to follow the knight and the dwarf?

10. How is Owein healed after his madness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hunting seems to be an important plot element in many of the tales in The Mabinogion. Eexplain the role that hunts and hunting play in the plots of the following tales:

(a) Pwyll Prince of Dyfed

(b) Culhwch and Olwen

(c) The Dream of Macsen Wledig

Essay Topic 2

Examine the character of the magician Gwydion in "Math son of Mathonwy" and describe him in detail. State whether this character is more a negative character or a positive character, or neutral, using quotes from the text to support your answer.

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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