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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Donuil?
(a) Merlyn's father.
(b) A brother of Merlyn's.
(c) A friend of Merlyn's.
(d) A stepbrother of Meryln's.

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

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

4. Who is Uther?
(a) Merlyn's cousin.
(b) All of these answers are correct.
(c) Yvonne's cousin.
(d) Sheelagh's cousin.

5. When Ambrose and Ludmilla come to check on Merlyn after he is stabbed, what is he doing when they think he is sleeping?
(a) Pretending to sleep.
(b) Planning his escape.
(c) Sending out messengers about his attack.
(d) Writing a love letter to Ludmilla.

6. Who is Ambrose?
(a) Merlyn's cousin.
(b) Merlyn's son.
(c) Merlyn's stepbrother.
(d) Merlyn's uncle.

7. 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) All of these answers are correct.
(c) He goes for a ride on his horse.
(d) He visits the sick.

8. What does Merlyn feel when he gives Ambrose and Ludmilla his blessing over their relationship?
(a) Joy.
(b) Anger.
(c) Annoyance.
(d) Jealousy.

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

10. What does Donuil suggest he and Merlyn bring as gifts to his father back in Eire?
(a) Honey.
(b) Candles.
(c) Roses.
(d) Mead.

11. What astounds everyone about Merlyn and Ambrose?
(a) How much they look alike.
(b) How deep their hatred is for each other.
(c) That they have the exact same wounds -- but from different battles.
(d) That the have the same birthday.

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

13. Where is Merlyn stabbed after the funeral in Chapter 8?
(a) On a quiet road, walking home.
(b) The crowded bathhouse.
(c) In his own home.
(d) Behind the church.

14. What promise does Merlyn make to the dead Uther?
(a) That his son will think well of him.
(b) That Merlyn will finally feel satisfaction over his death.
(c) That he will rot in hell.
(d) That his death will go unnoticed by anyone important.

15. In what perspective is "The Saxon Shore" written?
(a) Fourth person.
(b) Second person.
(c) Third person.
(d) First person.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why is Merlyn considering celibacy?

3. How do Athol's friends view his leprosy?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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