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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What prevents the men from traveling around Eire as they had hoped?
(a) There are police everywhere.
(b) There are no roads.
(c) They must travel only at night.
(d) They ran out of gas for their cars.

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

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

5. Who does Merlyn suspect is behind his stabbing?
(a) Ironhair.
(b) Popilius.
(c) Ambrose.
(d) Donuil.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Merlyn go to grieve his wife in Chapter 6?

2. Why does Merlyn often try to avoid his dreams?

3. How does Merlyn's aunt respond when he tells her about Arthur's destiny?

4. What does Merlyn say to Ambrose when he asks, in Chapter 6, if the infantry and the cavalry every combine?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Merlyn realize about Arthur after the boy asks to share the horses he got as gifts in Chapter 29?

2. What do Merlyn and his group realize about the armed men they see early in Chapter 19, right after they land on familiar soil?

3. What does Sheelagh tell Merlyn about the feasts her father hosts?

4. What does Merlyn find out about Ambrose's work when he returns to Camulod in Chapter 19?

5. What is Merlyn's opinion of Arthur's wet nurse after he tells her that Arthur will be going to Camulod?

6. What prevents Merlyn from realizing that he is not, in fact, alone when he goes to visit a secret vale in Chapter 6?

7. What is Liam Twistback best known for?

8. How do the men of Eire react to the size of the boar tusks that Dedalus shows them in Chapter 12?

9. How does Merlyn learn that Sheelagh and the children have been attacked in Chapter 30?

10. What is surprising about Donuil's choice to stay in Camulod?

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