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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 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.

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

3. For whom do Merlyn and Ambrose plan an elaborate funeral in Chapter 8?
(a) Arthur's wet nurse.
(b) Merlyn's aunt.
(c) Donuil.
(d) Popilius.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What wild animal prevents the beginning of the calvary show for Athol?

2. What does baby Arthur wear around his neck that Merlyn removes in Chapter 1?

3. Where does Ambrose tell Merlyn he plans to stay in Chapter 6?

4. In what perspective is "The Saxon Shore" written?

5. How does Athol feel when Donuil returns to Eire?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Merlyn believe that Arthur's destiny is?

2. Why is King Athol so amazed at the candles Merlyn and Donuil bring him?

3. What impression does Merlyn have of the leper colony after he leaves?

4. What does Merlyn tell the Council about his return in Chapter 4?

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

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

7. What happens between Merlyn and Finn when they first meet?

8. Why does Ambrose think that Merlyn knows about his relationship with Ludmilla?

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

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

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