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. Guymon also found a book that was of great interest to him. What was his about?

2. Arthur finds a book in the castle that is of great interest to him. What is it about?

3. Why does Timias retreat to the woods as a hermit?

4. How does Blandamour claim Snowy Florimell?

5. What gives The Red Cross Knight the courage he needs to slay Error when he is almost defeated?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Souldon die?

2. What does Calidore do when he finally captures the Blatant Beast?

3. What gives The Red Cross Knight the courage he needs to slay the monster Error when he is almost defeated?

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

5. Explain the circumstances that made Timias retreat to a life in the woods.

6. Explain what was shown to Britomart in the magic mirror of Merlin.

7. What happens to all of Calidore's new friends and what is his reaction to this?

8. Explain the dispute between Amidas and Bracidas.

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

10. Explain what happened to Guyon while he was with Mammon.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Braggadochio is a very foolish and pompous character in this book. What is his real weakness? Where is it illustrated best? How does his folly change the way the plot goes?

Essay Topic 2

Love is an ongoing theme in this book as Spenser juxtaposes a number of different couples throughout the plot. Explore the best and the worst of these relationships. What makes the best one good and the worst one bad? Are they realistic at all?

Essay Topic 3

Spenser blamed the degeneration of society on the tossing aside of certain values and wrote this book as a satire on this issue. What are some of the best examples from the book that display this point? Are they effective enough to leave an impression? Why or why not?

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