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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 does the wild animal that interrupts the beginning of the cavalry show do second?

2. What does Merlyn wear to the second meeting of the Council?

3. What promise does Merlyn make to the dead Uther?

4. How many days after his stabbing does Merlyn finally leave for Eire?

5. When Ambrose and Ludmilla come to check on Merlyn after he is stabbed, what is he doing when they think he is sleeping?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose at least one female character from "The Saxon Shore" and discuss at least 3 ways she goes against traditional gender stereotypes of someone like her.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Merlyn and Ambrose. How are they similar? How are they different? Make sure to use direct evidence from the text, such as examples and quotations, to support your thesis.

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