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. Where do Sheelagh and Arthur's wet nurse stay when they reach Camulod with Merlyn?

2. Who is Dergyll?

3. How does Lucanus react when he sees Merlyn and his group have returned?

4. What is Sheelagh very gifted with?

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Write a well-reasoned argument discussing whether or not Merlyn is a good role model for young adult readers.

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