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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the group first see Eire in Chapter 11?
(a) Through the fog.
(b) Through burning-bright sunlight.
(c) Through the darkness.
(d) Through the rain.

2. What important thing(s) do Donuil, Merlyn, and Athol discuss in Athol's tent.
(a) The importance of Arthur.
(b) That the king's daughter has been killed.
(c) All of these answers are correct.
(d) Warfare and cavalry.

3. Who is Mungo?
(a) A beautiful woman who enchants Merlyn.
(b) King Athol's adviser.
(c) Arthur's young cousin.
(d) Arthur's new friend in Eire.

4. How does Fin react to Merlyn when they first meet?
(a) Like he has known him forever.
(b) He loses his temper but no one can figure out why.
(c) He is very rude to him.
(d) Like he knows he is a spy.

5. What does Ambrose tell Merlyn his men fight like?
(a) Barbarians.
(b) Women.
(c) Saxons.
(d) Dragons.

6. How does Merlyn react to Lucanus's request that he visit the leper colony?
(a) Lucanus can go but Merlyn will stay far away.
(b) He decides it's just too risky.
(c) He is uneasy but agrees to do it.
(d) It's fine since they were going there anyway.

7. Who sends a group of men to attack Merlyn and his group at the end of Chapter 10?
(a) No one; this is a trick question, since there is no attack in Chapter 10.
(b) Ironhair's men.
(c) No one is sure but they were very strong.
(d) Donuil's father; he wanted to make sure he was okay.

8. How have the people of Eire taken care of Arthur during Merlyn's absence?
(a) Very badly.
(b) They have only done the minimum required to keep him alive.
(c) Very well.
(d) Some have been really nice but most have been pretty mean.

9. How do Athol's friends view his leprosy?
(a) With understanding and compassion.
(b) With disgust.
(c) This is a trick question; Athol doesn't have leprosy.
(d) With silent horror.

10. What is little Arthur heir to?
(a) Camulod.
(b) Pendragon.
(c) All of these answers are correct.
(d) Cornwall.

11. What kind of romantic relationships make Merlyn uncomfortable in the beginning of "The Saxon Shore"?
(a) Any romantic relationships at all.
(b) Heterosexual relationships.
(c) Anything other than heterosexual relationships.
(d) All of these answers are correct.

12. How does Merlyn's aunt react when she sees him in Chapter 4?
(a) All of these answers are correct.
(b) She is very angry.
(c) She is very happy.
(d) She simply doesn't believe it, since she thought he was dead.

13. How does Athol react to the gifts Merlyn and Donuil bring?
(a) He is so humbled by them, he weeps.
(b) He is furious because he sees them as godly.
(c) He doesn't really understand them, actually.
(d) He is amazed.

14. How does Merlyn spend the day after the day he talks to Lucanus about being celibate in Chapter 6?
(a) He inspects the troops.
(b) He visits the sick.
(c) All of these answers are correct.
(d) He goes for a ride on his horse.

15. What does Merlyn dream about the night after he visits the leper colony?
(a) That his wife comes back but now has leprosy.
(b) That someone burns down the leper colony.
(c) That he sees his own leprous image in a mirror.
(d) That Arthur will get leprosy one day.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are Merlyn and his men putting on a cavalry display for Athol and his men?

2. How does Athol feel when Donuil returns to Eire?

3. Why is Merlyn able to communicate so quickly with his captors in Chapter 1?

4. What item from the animal in Chapter 11 does Dedalus keep?

5. What does Merlyn suspect Uther of doing?

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