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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. How does Merlyn react when teased by Lucanus about his attraction to Ludmilla?

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

3. Where is Merlyn sleeping with Arthur when Chapter 1 opens?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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