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. What do people come to think of Arthur as he gets older?

3. Why doesn't Merlyn tell Donuil about his realization of the meaning behind his prophetic dream as he and his men leave Eire?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Merlyn realize in Chapter 20 as he is at the shooting range to meet his brother?

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

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

6. What do Merlyn and his group realize about the armed men they see early in Chapter 19, right after they land on familiar soil?

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

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

9. What is Liam Twistback best known for?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Merlyn and Ambrose. How are they similar? How are they different? Make sure to use direct evidence from the text, such as examples and quotations, to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Choose at least one female character from "The Saxon Shore" and discuss at least 3 ways she goes against traditional gender stereotypes of someone like her.

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