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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. During the conversation about Merlyn possibly being a sorcerer in Chapter 9, what does Merlyn admit to Ambrose?

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

3. What does Merlyn say in response to Ambrose's assertions that Merlyn is a sorcerer?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What ends up happening with Sheelagh and Donuil in Chapter 23?

2. Why does Ambrose think that the snow storm in Chapter 22 might be a blessing in disguise?

3. What is the history of Excalibur as described in Chapter 4?

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

5. Why do Merlyn's friends make him go hunting before the festivities in Chapter 21?

6. What is Merlyn's opinion of Arthur's wet nurse after he tells her that Arthur will be going to Camulod?

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

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

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

10. How does Merlyn learn that Sheelagh and the children have been attacked in Chapter 30?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss at least 4 aspects of "The Saxon Shore" that can easily be carried over into the next novel in The Camulod Chronicles.

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