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. What did Llud use to destroy the Coranieid?

2. Which of the following does Peredur not encounter in the quest of the Black Worm of the Barrow?

3. Who of the following is not one of the knights first met by Peredur?

4. What relation is Culhwch to Arthur?

5. Who helps Peredur take the dead knight's armour off?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the lion choose to follow Owein?

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

4. Why is Cei angry at the two dwarfs?

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

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

7. Why does Llefelys travel to France?

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

9. Why and how does Luned rescue Owein?

10. Why does Cynon first approach the Hideous Herdsman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Dream of Rhonabwy" contains a contrast between Arthurian days and "modern life" (from the perspective of the author, i.e. Medieval life). Describe and evaluate this contrast. Your answer should be structured as follows:

(1) Describe the Arthurian setting in the tale

(2) Describe the "real world' in the tale

(3) Decide which setting is more exaggerated and what you believe the author was attempting to say through the contrast.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how the character of King Arthur changes over time. Your answer should describe how he is portrayed in:

(a) "Culhwch and Olwen"

(b) the three romances ("The Lady of the Fountain", "Peredur son of Efrawg" and "Gereint son of Erbin")

(c) "The Dream of Rhonabwy".

Essay Topic 3

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.

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