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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Lucanus?
(a) A woman Merlyn's mother hopes he will marry.
(b) Merlyn's friend and a physician.
(c) Merlyn's sworn enemy.
(d) Merlyn's son.

2. Why is Merlyn considering celibacy?
(a) So he can stop being so distracted by women.
(b) Because he could never love someone as much as he loved his wife.
(c) So he can focus his energy on raising Arthur.
(d) So he doesn't have to worry about a woman stealing his money.

3. What wild animal attacks the group in Chapter 11?
(a) An unruly alligator.
(b) A ferocious cougar of some kind.
(c) An enraged boar.
(d) An injured bear.

4. When was "The Saxon Shore" originally published?
(a) 1998.
(b) 1788.
(c) 1888.
(d) 1948.

5. Who made Excalibur?
(a) Merlyn's aunt.
(b) The local blacksmith.
(c) Arthur himself.
(d) Merlyn's uncle.

6. What does Athol agree to in regard to Arthur?
(a) Protect him and that Merlyn is the one to train him.
(b) Keep his identity a secret from Donuil.
(c) Surrender his lands when the time comes for Arthur to be king.
(d) All of these answers are correct.

7. Why are Merlyn and his men putting on a cavalry display for Athol and his men?
(a) They are required to do so by law.
(b) They are trying to build friendship and this is how they do it.
(c) They requested one.
(d) They are trying to show off how powerful they are.

8. Why is Merlyn able to communicate so quickly with his captors in Chapter 1?
(a) He realizes he speaks their language.
(b) Because he's a sorcerer he can understand everyone.
(c) They all speak English.
(d) He knows sign language.

9. How old is Merlyn in the Prologue?
(a) 80.
(b) 20.
(c) 60.
(d) 40.

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

11. Where is Merlyn sleeping with Arthur when Chapter 1 opens?
(a) In the top room of a small inn.
(b) In the bottom of a boat.
(c) In the bottom of a cave.
(d) In the bottom of a house, in the basement.

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

13. 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) Some have been really nice but most have been pretty mean.
(d) Very well.

14. Who wants to join Donuil and Merlyn on their trip to Eire?
(a) Lucanus.
(b) Arthur.
(c) Ironhair.
(d) Merlyn's aunt.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Athol react to the gifts Merlyn and Donuil bring?

2. What does Lucanus tell Merlyn he should fear about the lepers?

3. When Ironhair and Merlyn have a confrontation in Chapter 6, who wins?

4. What important thing(s) do Donuil, Merlyn, and Athol discuss in Athol's tent.

5. What does the wild animal that interrupts the beginning of the cavalry show do first?

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