The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur Test | Mid-Book 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. Gundleus goes to battle the ____.

2. ____ is the place that has remained unchanged during a bountiful summer.

3. Arthur assigns Derfel to ____ for further seasoning.

4. ____ is the name of the High King who was in his last year, as the monk's story began.

5. Nimue dismisses the idea that Arthur can bring peace to ____.

Short Essay Questions

1. What's the difference between the story that Derfel is telling and the one that the Queen wants to hear and what does that say about the interpretation of events?

2. How does Uther react to Arthur's name being brought up at the council meeting, in terms of being Uther's successor?

3. What gift does Ceinwyn give to Derfel, why does she give it, and why does it have significance to Derfel?

4. Explain how Arthur uses bribery to get what he wants, but it backfires, in relation to Powys and Siluria. What does that say about bribery in general.

5. Describe Norwenna's attitude, after Uther's death.

6. Explain Derfel's inner conflict when Tristan arrives demanding justice for the tin miners.

7. Explain the High Council's attitude toward what is going on with Arthur and Mordred as they hold their meeting.

8. How does Mordred escape death at Gundleus' hands?

9. Explain how Arthur treats Gundleus and your opinions of it.

10. Explain how Guinevere's discussion with Derfel about her feelings for Gorfyddyd upset Derfel and how Derfel handles the situation.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Betrayal is a major theme in the book. List three detailed examples of where betrayal comes into play in the story. Then, based on your answers and your other knowledge of the book, explain which character you feel betrayed other characters the most in the book. Do you feel that those acts of betrayal were justified in any way? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses the technique of foreshadowing at several points in the story.

Part 1: Define foreshadowing.

Part 2: Explain, in detail, two examples of how foreshadowing was used in the story.

Part 3: Do you feel that the two examples of foreshadowing that you listed were useful in the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

War is a huge part of the book. Answer the following questions about war in general.

1. What are two reasons that you think the war in the book took place?

2. What are two reasons that wars are started in modern times?

3. Are the reasons for war in Arthur's time still used to start wars today? Why or why not?

4. Do you feel that wars ever actually accomplish anything? In other words, are some wars justifiable, or do all of them just lead to more trouble?

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