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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. What have the giants done that causes Erec to go in pursuit of them?

2. How does Thessala convince doctors that Fenice is incurably ill?

3. Who says "Love is worse than Hate because he wounds and destroys his devotee"?

4. How is the garden enclosed by air?

5. Which of the following three people do NOT want to marry Fenice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do Erec and Enide leave King Arthur's court?

3. Why does Erec chase after the knight, the maiden, and the dwarf 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. What happens after Erec faints after his fight with the giants in Erec and Enide? What does Enide think, and what happens to her?

6. What does Erec discover is the Joy of the Court and how does he discover it in Erec and Enide?

7. What is an example of nurse Thessala's cunning in Cliges?

8. What foreshadows the eventual discovery of the two secret lovers in Cliges?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fifth story in the Arthurian Romances is The Story of the Grail. Choose one of the following topics to discuss in regards to the tale. Be sure to use specific examples from the text and use additional outside research where necessary to completely answer the questions.

a) The Story of the Grail tells two separate stories about two separate individuals. Compare and contrast Perceval and Sir Gawain and their adventures.

b) It is said that this story is seen as one of the more puzzling tales. Why is this so? You may use critical analysis as reference and other tales for comparison.

c) Choose either Perceval or Sir Gawain. Discuss how his adventures reveal his character and explore his relationship with others.

Essay Topic 2

The Arthurian Romances are full of many allusions to characters in other works of literature and to historical figures. Discuss the use of allusion as a literary tool and how de Troyes uses it. In which stories does he allude to something, and what is it? Why does he do it? Is his allusion given in a positive or negative light, and could this possibly be a reflection of his own opinion for the work? Use specific examples and research the background of each allusion. Is de Troyes' use of the allusions effective in the message it sends to the readers?

Essay Topic 3

All of the Arthurian Romances are told by a narrator. What sort of narrator is he? What kind of view (omniscient, limited, first person) does he have? What sort of voice does he have? Why is the narrator's voice so important to the telling of the tales? Is this narrator effective in doing his job? Who might the narrator be? Use specific examples to support your claims.

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