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. As he is falling asleep at the end of Chapter 20, what does Merlyn realize he just needs to think of in order to feel happy?

2. What surprise do Merlyn and his group encounter when they first return to home soil in Chapter 19?

3. How many men are killed in the surprise attack on Camulod in Chapter 21?

4. What is the situation like as Merlyn and Dergyll face each other at first in Chapter 26?

5. How does Aunt Luceiia react when she sees Arthur again in Chapter 19?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What misunderstanding do Dergyll and Merlyn realize has happened between them?

3. In what situation does Merlyn find Mordecai after everyone goes out looking for him?

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

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

6. What does Sheelagh seem to know instinctively about her relationship with Donuil?

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

8. What advice does Ambrose give Merlyn in Chapter 20 when Merlyn mentions that he'd like to travel to Cambria?

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

10. What happens that leads Merlyn to suspect something is wrong as he and his group depart Eire?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss at least 3 literary devices that Whyte uses to help the reader better understand at least one character of your choosing. Use direct quotations and/or examples from the text to support your position.

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