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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 Merlyn tell Ambrose about his ascent to power in Chapter 7?

2. What does the wild animal that interrupts the beginning of the cavalry show do first?

3. What is little Arthur heir to?

4. Who sends a group of men to attack Merlyn and his group at the end of Chapter 10?

5. How does Fin react to Merlyn when they first meet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Merlyn realize about Arthur after the boy asks to share the horses he got as gifts in Chapter 29?

3. What does Merlyn realize about Arthur during one of their conversations about his father in Chapter 30?

4. In what situation does Merlyn find Mordecai after everyone goes out looking for him?

5. How does Arthur's wet nurse react when Merlyn tells her that Arthur will be going to Camulod?

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

7. What is particularly delightful about Arthur, as noted in Chapter 23?

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

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

10. What happens after Dergyll and Merlyn realize what has happened with Ironhair?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss 1) at least 3 ways the novel would change if it were written from the perspective of Arthur as well as 2) at least 3 literary devices Whyte could use while writing from this new and different perspective.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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