The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur 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. Hearing that Merlin has not seen Nimue, Derfel proceeds to the ____.

2. When Derfel tells Bedwin about the treasures and scroll, the bishop hopes the ____ will help.

3. Arthur proposes attacking at the enemy's strongest place, which is Lugg ____.

4. Preparing to ride northward, Arthur and Derfel talk about their many enemies and fears that ____ may not fight.

5. Derfel and Nimue find pure happiness on ____, making love and thinking briefly of an ideal life together.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the two main parts of the battle plan.

2. Describe the Isle Of The Dead and Derfel's journey into it.

3. Do you agree with Tewdric's reaction to the battle?

4. Explain Gorfyddyd's promises about sparing everyone and about Mordred and how others react to them and what impact that could have on Arthur.

5. Arthur feels that the war is his fault. Do you agree with that assessment? Why or why not?

6. If you were Derfel, how would you feel about your first ride on a horse being disguised as a servant?

7. Do you think that it was right for Derfel to kill Tanaburs?

8. Do you agree with Nimue being imprisoned as a witch?

9. Explain the strange battle rituals and attitudes between the opposing forces.

10. When Derfel is recognized, describe who comes to his rescue and how.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel teaches many life lessons. Choose any two lessons that you learned from the novel and explain where in the novel those lessons are taught, as well as what you learned from them or what point you feel the author was trying to get across with them.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses a technique of telling a story within a story. Using at least three examples from the novel, explain whether or not you feel that it was good for the author to tell the story through Derfel's eyes and have Derfel tell the story to the Queen. In other words, do you feel that Derfel's discussions with the Queen actually added anything to the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

One of the major themes of the book is religion.

Part 1: Explain how religion fuels war in the novel.

Part 2: Choose any time in the character when religious lines seem blurred and describe it.

Part 3: Derfel goes through a religious transformation, as the story progresses. Describe what religion he starts out a member of, what religion he winds up a member of and why you feel that transformation took place. Do you feel that it was a good transformation? Why or why not?

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