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. When does the surprise attack come against Donuil, Merlyn, Athol, and their men in Chapter 16?

2. What kind of feeling does Merlyn have as he and his people depart Eire?

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

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

5. What evidence do Merlyn and his men find by the hanging bodies in Chapter 26?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Merlyn come to realize as he continues on his search for the horses after the death of Mordecai?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Books about the legends of King Arthur, and The Camulod Chronicles in particular, are especially popular. Discuss at least 4 aspects of Whyte's writing style that resonates so strongly with such a large audience, citing specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write a well-reasoned argument paper discussing how leprosy functions as its own unique character in "The Saxon Shore." Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your strong thesis statement.

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