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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. When Cliges finally reveals his identity to Sir Gawain and King Arthur, what do they do?

2. How is the garden enclosed by air?

3. What object is described in great detail as having been made by fairies?

4. What is discovered about the man King Arthur left in charge of England?

5. Who does Alexander want to serve?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Cliges, Alexander and Alis make a pact. What is this pact, and what does the agreement of the pact say about Alis' character?

2. Briefly describe the initial attraction and relationship between Alexander and Soredamour, in Cliges.

3. Briefly describe Erec's robe of watered silk in Erec and Enide.

4. In Cliges, what is the irony behind the golden hairs stitched into the shirt that Alexander receives from the Queen?

5. in Cliges, why does Alexander not want to become a knight in Greece?

6. How does Enide convince the count who wants to marry her to not kill Erec after he implores her to leave him?

7. When and why is Alexander knighted, in Cliges?

8. How does Guivret prove his friendship towards Erec after being told Erec is dead, in Erec and Enide?

9. Discuss the treatment towards Erec by the King when they meet again en route, in Erec and Enide.

10. What is the sparrowhawk contest in Erec and Enide?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A large part of Arthurian Romances centers around the idea of knights in shining armor. Explore this idea and research the codes and morals of knighthood. What did it mean to be a knight, especially a knight who served King Arthur? What rules were meant to be followed? What was the difference between King Arthur's knights and others, if any? Who are the knights in the five tales? How does each knight depict knighthood? What are the similarities? What are the differences?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Chretien de Troyes and why did he start writing Arthurian romances? Where did he get his ideas and what new ideas or characters is he credited with? Research the author's life and give a historical background, tying it in with his contribution to the legends through his romances. Be sure to include the importance of his creation of Lancelot and the Lancelot-Guinevere relationship. Have others used his works and characters and built on them, writing their own versions?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the general concept of the universal and timeless battle of Good versus Evil. How is this depicted in the Arthurian Romances? What is considered good, and who are the good characters? Why? What standards must they follow? What is considered evil and who are the evil characters? What standards must they follow? What happens when good battles evil? Who issues the challenge first? Who stirs up the commotion and how does it end? Is there a typical pattern followed in the Romances? Use specific examples.

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