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

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

3. What does Merlyn feel when he gives Ambrose and Ludmilla his blessing over their relationship?

4. Who wants to join Donuil and Merlyn on their trip to Eire?

5. Who made Excalibur?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Ludmilla familiar to Merlyn when they meet in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe at least four negative aspects of having a protagonist as well-known (outside of the context of "The Saxon Shore") as Meryln. Make sure to use evidence from the novel to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the Prologue of "The Saxon Shore" 1) sets the tone for the rest of the novel and 2) introduces at least 3 key facts about Merlyn that are important throughout the rest of the text. Make sure to use direct quotations and evidence from the text to support your thesis.

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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