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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. How does Sheelagh know Donuil is okay when she sees him after their long absence from each other?
2. Who ultimately decides that Arthur should go back to Camulod?
3. Why does Merlyn decide to tell Sheelagh about Excalibur?
4. Where does Merlyn go in Chapter 9 to stop himself from thinking about and lusting after Sheelagh?
5. How does Lucanus react when he sees Merlyn and his group have returned?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do Merlyn's friends make him go hunting before the festivities in Chapter 21?
2. What is particularly delightful about Arthur, as noted in Chapter 23?
3. What do Merlyn and his group realize about the armed men they see early in Chapter 19, right after they land on familiar soil?
4. What does Merlyn come to realize as he continues on his search for the horses after the death of Mordecai?
5. How does Sheelagh first react when she thinks Merlyn is accusing her of having dreams that come true?
6. What does Merlyn find out about Ambrose's work when he returns to Camulod in Chapter 19?
7. What does Huw tell Merlyn about Cambria in Chapter 20?
8. What does Merlyn realize in Chapter 20 as he is at the shooting range to meet his brother?
9. What does Sheelagh seem to know instinctively about her relationship with Donuil?
10. What does Sheelagh tell Merlyn as she departs to go reunite with Donuil?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Analyze at least 3 different literary techniques Whyte uses to create tension in "The Saxon Shore."
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Analyze at least 4 different ways the story of "The Saxon Shore" would change if the setting were in a major, modern, metropolitan area.
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