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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 does Lucius Varo do for a living?
(a) He's some kind of banker.
(b) He's a farmer.
(c) He's a lawyer.
(d) He's an ironsmith.

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

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

4. What does Merlyn say in response to Ambrose's assertions that Merlyn is a sorcerer?
(a) That he isn't yet but he's very close to passing his test.
(b) That such ideas are ridiculous.
(c) That he is but Ambrose needs to be more quiet about it.
(d) That he is sometimes and not others.

5. Where does Merlyn go to grieve his wife in Chapter 6?
(a) Her favorite tree just outside of town.
(b) Her favorite spring.
(c) A secret vale where they lived together.
(d) The cemetery.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Merlyn react when teased by Lucanus about his attraction to Ludmilla?

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

3. What do the men do with the wild animal that attacks them in Chapter 11?

4. What does Athol agree to in regard to Arthur?

5. What kind of romantic relationships make Merlyn uncomfortable in the beginning of "The Saxon Shore"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Merlyn come to realize that he was wrong in calling the Outlanders barbarians?

2. What happens when a wild bear attacks the crowd just as Merlyn and his men are preparing for their cavalry display?

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

4. What happens when Ironhair blocks Merlyn's way in Chapter 6?

5. What do Merlyn and his men realize after they are attacked by, and then kill, the wild boar in Chapter 11?

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

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

8. What does Connor tell Merlyn, when he is his captive, he is going to do with Merlyn and baby Arthur?

9. What does Merlyn tell his captors about how he came across the baby Arthur?

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

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