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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 19-20, and Bibliography

Chapter 19: The War Lord In Chapter 19, which good character has turned evil? Why? As we certainly suspected at the end of Chapter 18, King Morgant has turned evil. Possibly, King Morgant could have had a good reason to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 17-18

Chapter 17: The Choice Write a brief character analysis of Ellidyr as he appears at the beginning of Chapter 17. Ellidyr is still proud and arrogant. He refers to Taran as “pig-boy” (182 and other pages) and to Eilonwy as … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander: THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 15-16

Chapter 15: The Black Crochan What does Taran offer in exchange for the Black Crochan? Taran offers the three enchantresses the brooch that Adaon gave him. Eilonwy tries to stop him because she realizes how valuable the brooch is to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 13-14

Chapter 13: The Plan Has Ellidyr been to the Marshes of Morva? Ellidyr, who is referred to in this and the previous chapter, has not been to the Marshes of Morva. In the previous chapter, Orddu said, “If he’d come … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 11-12

Chapter 11: The Cottage Write short character analyses of the three enchantresses found in Chapter 11. All Three Enchantresses Obviously, all three enchantresses are female, and all three are enchantresses. In addition, all three seem to be short and plumb. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide ‚ Chapters 9-10

Chapter 9: The Brooch Why did Adaon allow Taran to make an important decision in Chapter 7? Adaon explains why he allowed Taran to make the important decision in Chapter 7 of whether to try to gain possession of the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 7-8

Chapter 7: Kaw What aid does Gwystyl give to the band of heroes? Gwystyl really does aid the band of heroes. He has made a powder for use in emergencies. When applied to feet or hooves, it will hide one’s … Continue reading

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