The Saxon Shore Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Merlyn's main mission as described in the Prologue in "The Saxon Shore"?

As described, Merlyn's main mission in "The Saxon Shore" is to protect the child, Arthur, and prepare him for his own destiny.

2. Why does Merlyn remove the ring from around baby Arthur's neck in Chapter 1?

Merlyn removes the ring from baby Arthur's neck in Chapter 1 because they are under attack. He wants the baby to remain anonymous so that he will not be harmed.

3. What does Merlyn tell his captors about how he came across the baby Arthur?

Merlyn tells his captors that he came across the baby Arthur on the scene of a battle. He had been looking for his cousin when he came across the carnage.

4. What connection does Merlyn realize he has with his captors in Chapter 1?

In Chapter 1, Meryln realizes that his captors are known to him. Their leader is the brother of his friend who taught him their language, and although the friend had once been his captive, he is now free.

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