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. What does the dwarf tell Lancelot to do?

2. After the first fight, who does Yvain fight next?

3. What does Sir Gawain find upon following Kay?

4. What request does Kay make?

5. What agreement makes Meleagant stop attacking Lancelot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What shame follows Lancelot throughout his adventures in The Knight of the Cart?

2. 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?

3. What indicates Yvain's fame?

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

5. With Kay insisting upon leaving after the knight issues a challenge, what qualities does he show and how does it affect the Queen in The Knight of the Cart?

6. What is the story behind the storm stone in The Knight with the Lion?

7. What are two ways that Yvain shows his love for Laudine?

8. What is the irony of Laudine begging Yvain to stay after he defeats the three knights?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explore the concept of what an Epic Romance or Medieval Romance is. What does it mean? What is a "romance"? How is it considered epic? What are the rules for a tale to be considered a romance? How is the definition of a Medieval Romance different from the term "romance" as it is used today?

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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