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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 promise does Merlyn make to the dead Uther?

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

3. When Ironhair and Merlyn have a confrontation in Chapter 6, who wins?

4. Who does Merlyn's aunt tell Merlyn would be proud of him because of his work with the Council?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Ambrose decide to stay in Camulod in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a well-reasoned argument discussing whether or not Merlyn is a good role model for young adult readers.

Essay Topic 2

Books about the legends of King Arthur, and The Camulod Chronicles in particular, are especially popular. Discuss at least 4 aspects of Whyte's writing style that resonates so strongly with such a large audience, citing specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Describe at least 4 features of Ironhair and how those features fulfill the traditional, literary requirements of a villain.

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