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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. Where is Merlyn sleeping with Arthur when Chapter 1 opens?

2. Who is Mungo?

3. Why are Merlyn and his men putting on a cavalry display for Athol and his men?

4. What does Merlyn do when he finds Uther's body?

5. What is little Arthur heir to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does King Athol do to Finn when he learns that he has been rude to Merlyn?

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

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

5. How does Merlyn come to realize this his cousin may not have killed his wife?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast 2 characters of your choosing from "The Saxon Shore," making sure to use direct evidence and examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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