The Saxon Shore Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Who is behind the surprise attack on Donuil, Merlyn, Athol, and their men in Chapter 16?

2. What does Sheelagh remind Merlyn of?

3. What do the people from Eire think when they arrive with Merlyn back in Camulod?

4. What had happened to the man who went missing from Eire in Chapter 16?

5. What does Merlyn realize is the only way for him to get down and help Mordecai?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Merlyn react in Chapter 19 when he hears that the leper colony has been attacked?

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

5. What is Liam Twistback best known for?

6. For what reasons does Sheelagh given Merlyn such a deep kiss as she leaves to reunite with Donuil?

7. What does Merlyn find out about Ambrose's work when he returns to Camulod in Chapter 19?

8. What does Huw tell Merlyn about Cambria in Chapter 20?

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

10. What does Sheelagh tell Merlyn about the feasts her father hosts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze at least 4 different ways the story of "The Saxon Shore" would change if the setting were in a major, modern, metropolitan area.

Essay Topic 2

Describe at least 3 things that Whyte is able to do with the character of Merlyn because he is a man AND at least 3 things he is *not* able to do with him because he is a man.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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