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

3. What does Merlyn tell Ambrose about his ascent to power in Chapter 7?

4. What does Merlyn dream about the night after he visits the leper colony?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Merlyn tell the Council about his return in Chapter 4?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe at least 4 features of Ironhair and how those features fulfill the traditional, literary requirements of a villain.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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