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. Which two people in Eire does Merlyn have an instant aversion to?

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

3. When does Merlyn tell Ambrose that Arthur could become High King?

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

5. How old is Merlyn in the Prologue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Merlyn come to realize his flying dream in Chapter 8 is actually about?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose at least one female character from "The Saxon Shore" and discuss at least 3 ways she goes against traditional gender stereotypes of someone like her.

Essay Topic 2

Describe at least 3 things that Whyte is able to do with the character of Merlyn because he is a man AND at least 3 things he is *not* able to do with him because he is a man.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze at least 3 aspects of "The Saxon Shore" that make the novel believable as well as what literary devices Whyte uses to create that level of believability OR analyze at least 3 aspects of "The Saxon Shore" that makes the novel unbelievable as well as what literary devices Whyte does not use effectively to create a level of believability in the story.

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