1. Trace the family relationship between Queen Morgause of Lothian and Orkney with King
Uther Pendragon. What is King Arthur’s connection to Queen Morgause? How do
Morgause’s sons, Gawaine, Gaheris, Gareth, and Agravaine, feel about the Pendragon
2. Study the following passage from the story and use it to answer the following three
“You, see it is a question of the people, as well as of the kings. When you said
3. What is Merlyn trying to encourage Arthur to do?
4. Why does Merlyn refer to himself as “…an old man locked up in a hole”? (Pg. 224)
5. Merlyn and Arthur discuss the reasons for fighting wars. According to Merlyn, what is
the destiny of Man? What question that Arthur asks makes Merlyn happy?
6. Find an instance of both anachronism and foreshadowing on page 226.
7. It is clear that Merlyn does not approve of wars; why does he tell Arthur, “There is one
fairly good reason for fighting–and that is, if the other man starts it.” (Pg. 232)
8. Describe King Conor’s death. What is the life lesson taught by the legend of his death?
9. In Chapter 6, Arthur begins to formulate his code of chivalry. What does he conclude
about the philosophy of Might is Right? For what reasons does Arthur believe Merlyn is
helping him to win battles, when Arthur knows Merlyn disapproves of war?
10. Briefly discuss the basic elements in Arthur’s plan to create an order of chivalry which
upholds the premise of Might for Right instead of Might is Right.
11. Why do Gaheris, Gawaine, Gareth, and Agravaine decide to try and catch a unicorn?
12. Briefly describe the mythology of unicorns, which helps the boys know how to catch
1. Describe the round table Arthur wants for his knights. Where does Arthur find a suitable table?
2. How does Merlyn answer the King when Arthur suggests that a good reason for starting
a war might be to force people to accept a new way of life that might be good for them?
What Merlyn’s answer to Arthur’s question?
3. Define comic relief. Find an example of comic relief in Chapter 9.
4. Briefly summarize the parable about the man who comes face to face with Death. State the life lesson Merlyn is teaching Arthur with this parable.
5. Merlyn tells King Arthur that Arthur’s tombstone will read “Hic jacet Arthurus Rex
future king.” Why do you suppose White selects this phrase for the title of this novel?
6. King Arthur fights the battle of Bedegraine in a new way. White writes that “Arthur
began with an atrocity and continued with other atrocities.” (Pg. 298) List three ways
Arthur alters the traditional way of fighting a battle. What literary term does White use
throughout the description of the battle?
7. What is a Spancel? How does Queen Morgause plan to use the Spancel when she visits
8. Throughout these chapters, Merlyn is trying to remember something important that he
needs to tell Arthur. In Chapter 14, he finally remembers. What does Merlyn wish he
had remembered to tell Arthur? How do you think Merlyn’s failure might affect Arthur’s