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. Nimue is labeled a ____.

2. Nothing matters except restoring Britain back to pre-Roman conditions, removing all foreign ____.

3. Nimue asks Derfel to give her ____ alive.

4. Derfel leaves the Isle Of The Dead and returns to the land of ____.

5. Merlin arranges for a boat and in it is a sealed ____.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Do you think it was right and necessary for Merlin to go into hiding?

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

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

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

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

9. Explain what Cenwin's search for scrolls reveals.

10. Although the book seems, originally, to be about Arthur, who is the book really about and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Choose any three of the following six options and write about how they influenced the story, using one example from the beginning, one from the middle and one from the end to explain each response.

1. Love

2. Power

3. Honor

4. Betrayal

5. Greed

6. Religion

Essay Topic 3

The entire novel is told from Derfel's perspective, but perspective can alter the way a story is remembered or retold.

Part 1: How accurate or inaccurate do you think Derfel's perspective was throughout the story and why?

Part 2: Do you think that Derfel told the story with a specific emphasis on one particular theme, such as love, religion or honor, or do you think he told a well-rounded story?

Part 3: Which character in the story do you feel would have disagreed with Derfel's interpretation the most and why? Use at least two examples from the story to back up your answer.

(see the answer keys)

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