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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Merlyn get angry with Donuil when he goes hunting by himself in Chapter 10?
(a) Because if he didn't come back, Merlyn couldn't get Arthur back.
(b) Because someone is following them and they could have been attacked.
(c) Because he could have gotten hurt.
(d) All of these answers are correct.

2. Why does Merlyn often try to avoid his dreams?
(a) Because they show him how rotten and cruel he is inside.
(b) Because they are so sad -- and mostly about his dead wife.
(c) Because they are dark, frightening, and prophetic.
(d) Because they are so silly.

3. How does Ambrose react to the beauty and power of Camulod?
(a) He is overwhelmed by it.
(b) It just makes him miss home even more.
(c) He thinks it's nice but that it will never match that of Rome.
(d) He is too depressed to even notice it.

4. In Chapter 1, what solidifies to Merlyn that he knows his captors?
(a) A scar he sees on one of the men's faces.
(b) His intuition.
(c) A dream.
(d) An image on the mast.

5. For whom do Merlyn and Ambrose plan an elaborate funeral in Chapter 8?
(a) Popilius.
(b) Donuil.
(c) Arthur's wet nurse.
(d) Merlyn's aunt.

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

7. What relationship do Lucanus and Ludmilla have?
(a) They are lovers.
(b) They hate each other, actually.
(c) Ludmilla is studying medicine under Lucanas.
(d) They are siblings.

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

9. What wild animal prevents the beginning of the calvary show for Athol?
(a) A bear.
(b) A boar.
(c) A lion.
(d) A enormous snake.

10. Who does Merlyn's aunt tell Merlyn would be proud of him because of his work with the Council?
(a) All of these answers are correct.
(b) Her husband.
(c) His father.
(d) Her brother.

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

12. Which two people in Eire does Merlyn have an instant aversion to?
(a) Arthur's nanny and tutor.
(b) Athol and his wife.
(c) Mungo and Finn.
(d) Two nameless servants.

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

14. When Ironhair and Merlyn have a confrontation in Chapter 6, who wins?
(a) Ironhair.
(b) This is a trick question; there is no confrontation.
(c) No one; it is a draw.
(d) Merlyn.

15. What warning does Merlyn give Ironhair after their confrontation in Chapter 6?
(a) That he will one day seek revenge for these actions.
(b) That he will spend the rest of his life in jail for what he did.
(c) This is a trick question; there is no such confrontation in Chapter 6.
(d) Not to challenge him in the future.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Merlyn tell Ambrose that Arthur could become High King?

2. What kind of life does Lucanus live?

3. Why are Merlyn and his men nervous about the planned cavalry display for Athol and his men?

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

5. How have the people of Eire taken care of Arthur during Merlyn's absence?

(see the answer keys)

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