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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. For whom do Merlyn and Ambrose plan an elaborate funeral in Chapter 8?

2. What warning does Merlyn give Ironhair after their confrontation in Chapter 6?

3. Why are Merlyn and his men putting on a cavalry display for Athol and his men?

4. How old is Merlyn in the Prologue?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Merlyn come to realize this his cousin may not have killed his wife?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss at least 4 aspects of "The Saxon Shore" that can easily be carried over into the next novel in The Camulod Chronicles.

Essay Topic 3

Write a well-reasoned argument paper discussing how leprosy functions as its own unique character in "The Saxon Shore." Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your strong thesis statement.

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