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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. How does Merlyn's aunt respond when he tells her about Arthur's destiny?
(a) She doesn't believe his tall tales.
(b) She is jealous.
(c) She is frightened.
(d) She is very proud.

2. Why is Merlyn considering celibacy?
(a) So he doesn't have to worry about a woman stealing his money.
(b) So he can focus his energy on raising Arthur.
(c) So he can stop being so distracted by women.
(d) Because he could never love someone as much as he loved his wife.

3. What kind of life does Lucanus live?
(a) A celibate life.
(b) A life of poverty.
(c) A life of silence.
(d) A life of indulgence and gluttony.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1, what solidifies to Merlyn that he knows his captors?

2. What promise does Merlyn make to the dead Uther?

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

4. What item from the animal in Chapter 11 does Dedalus keep?

5. What do Connor and Merlyn talk about when the first converse together?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Merlyn first interpret his dream in which he is flying right before he and his men are supposed to leave for Eire?

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

6. What does Merlyn imagine the leper colony to be like before he arrives?

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

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

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

10. What is Merlyn's main mission as described in the Prologue in "The Saxon Shore"?

(see the answer keys)

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