Arthurian Romances 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. The people of town warn Yvain that great shame awaits. This foreshadows what?

2. What is Queen Guinevere's reception of Lancelot when they are finally allowed to meet?

3. What are the two ways that lead to the land of Meleagant?

4. What does the maiden pretend is being done to her by six knights?

5. Who do Lancelot and other knights set out to search for after his fight with Meleagant has ended?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the beginning of The Knight with the Lion, Calogrenant's declaration that he will tell a tale of his dishonor foreshadows what?

2. What indicates Yvain's fame?

3. In the beginning of The Knight of the Cart, the knight who appears in the beginning and issues a challenge foreshadows what?

4. How does Lancelot attempt to regain his pride from his shameful cart ride in The Knight of the Cart?

5. In The Knight of the Cart, why does the girl who offers lodging to Lancelot try to keep him from seeing the comb?

6. What does Lunete give to Yvain, and why?

7. What is the irony of King Bademagu keeping the Queen safely confined in The Knight of the Cart?

8. Even though there is a lot of indication of magic and sorcery, what is the only real magic displayed in The Knight of the Cart?

9. What are some instances in which Lancelot's appeal to women is depicted?

10. How is Lunete's identity foreshadowed when Yvain comes across her as a prisoner?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several recurring minor characters in the Arthurian Romances. Discuss the use of these characters and who they are. Which stories do they appear in, and what role do they play in each story? Are they always the same or are they different? What can you tell about the characters after seeing them appear various times? Use specific examples to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

What is courtly love? Is it similar to the concept of love today? Why or why not? What are guidelines for a relationship to fall under the category of courtly love? What did it mean historically? What does it mean in the Arthurian Romances? What are the examples of courtly love in the stories, and how do you know? What are the similarities and what are the differences between the different love stories? Do they all follow a similar path? Use specific examples to support your claims.

Essay Topic 3

The second story in the Arthurian Romances is Cliges. 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) Discuss the demonstrations of treason and treachery that are found throughout Cliges. Explain what these terms mean and analyze each instance that is seen in the tale.

b) There are two tales of love told in Cliges. One between Alexander and Soredeamor, and the other between Cliges and Fenice. Compare and contrast the two relationships and what each tells the reader.

c) Cliges alludes to Tristan and Isolde a few times. Discuss these allusions and whether they are positive or negative. Why are these allusions present? Do research and compare and contrast the two stories as well.

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