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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. Why does Merlyn often try to avoid his dreams?

2. Where is Merlyn stabbed after the funeral in Chapter 8?

3. Where does Ambrose tell Merlyn he plans to stay in Chapter 6?

4. Who is Donuil?

5. What important thing(s) do Donuil, Merlyn, and Athol discuss in Athol's tent.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is Merlyn's main mission as described in the Prologue in "The Saxon Shore"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss how Whyte portrays authority figures in "The Saxon Shore," making sure to use at least 3 specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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