The Faerie Queene Test | Mid-Book 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. How does Arthur finally defeat Maleger after he revives himself from death numerous times?

2. How does Sansjoy recover after he loses his duel with the Red Cross Knight?

3. Why does Alma, the virgin ruler of the castle, welcome Arthur and Guyon so warmly?

4. What does Maleger ride as he comes to attack the castle?

5. How does the Red Cross Knight finally defeat the dreaded dragon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Artegall so upset with Pollente?

2. What makes Duessa so dangerous to The Red Cross Knight?

3. What happens to The Red Cross Knight at The House of Holiness?

4. Explain Artegall's Solomon-like solution with Saglier.

5. What is the punishment for prisoners of the Amazons?

6. Who do Talus and Artegall meet on the road home?

7. Explain the circumstances that lead to The Red Cross Knight abandoning Una.

8. How much time does Artegall have to complete his mission and what will happen if he does not?

9. What does the Witch do to pacify her son's rejection?

10. Explain what Hellenore does at the promptings of Paridell.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Florimell and Marinell both have very emotional and foolish ways of dealing with their grievous situations. Discuss their reactions to bad news and what they could have done differently? Is this a good match?

Essay Topic 2

The laws of Chivalry were extremely important to some of the characters in this book--so much so that some were willing to die or kill in order to uphold those laws. Who were these characters willing to kill or die for the laws, and how did these laws effect these character's lives? What laws were broken, and how were they justified?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of settling for cheap imitations in place of the real deal is very vividly explored with the creation of Snowy Florimell. Why might the Witch's son, along with many other characters from the book, have been so satisfied with the false version of a real woman? What made her so appealing?

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