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 Peredur not encounter in the quest of the Black Worm of the Barrow?

2. What is the ultimate fate of the Black Oppressor?

3. What relation is Culhwch to Arthur?

4. What colors are worn by the horse and rider who first meets Rhonabwy?

5. Which of the following does the original writer not give as one of the things that makes this tale nearly impossible to learn by heart?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the three plagues that strike Llud's kingdom?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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