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. What allows Merlyn to kill a very large number of deer in Chapter 20?

2. Who ultimately decides that Arthur should go back to Camulod?

3. What do Merlyn and his competitor shoot at during the shooting contest in Chapter 20?

4. How does Sheelagh know Donuil is okay when she sees him after their long absence from each other?

5. What does Merlyn report to Dergyll about Ironhair?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do Merlyn and the men of Eire do to prepare themselves for the attack that they suspect is coming after one of their men disappears into the woods?

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

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

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

7. How does Sheelagh first react when she thinks Merlyn is accusing her of having dreams that come true?

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

9. What does Sheelagh tell Merlyn as she departs to go reunite with Donuil?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least 3 challenges an author, like Whyte, faces when writing a story that takes place so long ago in history. Make sure to use at least 3 examples from "The Saxon Shore" to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Describe at least four negative aspects of having a protagonist as well-known (outside of the context of "The Saxon Shore") as Meryln. Make sure to use evidence from the novel to support your position.

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