The Saxon Shore Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Donuil suggest he and Merlyn bring as gifts to his father back in Eire?

2. During the conversation about Merlyn possibly being a sorcerer in Chapter 9, what does Merlyn admit to Ambrose?

3. Who does Merlyn think killed Uther?

4. What prevents the men from traveling around Eire as they had hoped?

5. What does the wild animal that interrupts the beginning of the cavalry show do second?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does King Athol do to Finn when he learns that he has been rude to Merlyn?

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

3. What connection does Merlyn realize he has with his captors in Chapter 1?

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

5. Why does Merlyn remove the ring from around baby Arthur's neck in Chapter 1?

6. When Merlyn and his men arrive in Eire, how do they decide to proceed north?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least 3 challenges an author, like Whyte, faces when writing a story that takes place so long ago in history. Make sure to use at least 3 examples from "The Saxon Shore" to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss 1) at least 3 ways the novel would change if it were written from the perspective of Arthur as well as 2) at least 3 literary devices Whyte could use while writing from this new and different perspective.

Essay Topic 3

Identify what you think is the tone for "The Saxon Shore" and discuss 3 literary devices that Whyte uses to create this tone.

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