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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. Who is Athol's daughter?
(a) Dedalus's secret lover.
(b) Donuil's aunt.
(c) Merlyn's deceased wife.
(d) Arthur's mother.

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

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

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

5. What does the wild animal that interrupts the beginning of the cavalry show do first?
(a) Stand up straight and scare everyone to pieces.
(b) Attack the crowds.
(c) Eat a baby.
(d) Kill a man.

Short Answer Questions

1. What warning does Merlyn give Ironhair after their confrontation in Chapter 6?

2. Who is Mungo?

3. How does the group first see Eire in Chapter 11?

4. What does Merlyn feel when he gives Ambrose and Ludmilla his blessing over their relationship?

5. What does Merlyn suspect Uther of doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Ludmilla familiar to Merlyn when they meet in Chapter 3?

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

3. What do Merlyn and Ambrose observe and think before they leave the family farm in Chapter 28?

4. Why do Merlyn's friends make him go hunting before the festivities in Chapter 21?

5. What ends up happening with Sheelagh and Donuil in Chapter 23?

6. What does Merlyn worry about as the novel concludes?

7. What is particularly delightful about Arthur, as noted in Chapter 23?

8. What is problematic about Merlyn's decision to bring horses as a gift to Donuil's father?

9. How does Merlyn come to realize this his cousin may not have killed his wife?

10. What is the history of Excalibur as described in Chapter 4?

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