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

2. How does Merlyn react to Lucanus's request that he visit the leper colony?

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

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

5. What do the men do with the wild animal that attacks them in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is King Athol so amazed at the candles Merlyn and Donuil bring him?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze at least 3 different literary techniques Whyte uses to create tension in "The Saxon Shore."

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