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. Why does Sansjoy challenge The Red Cross Knight to a duel?

2. What causes Malecasta to faint?

3. What are the messages that Britomart finds in the two chambers?

4. Who is almost killed while trying to help defeat Orgolio?

5. What was Aemylia doing when she was captured by The Hairy Carl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the dream that Britomart has and the interpretation.

4. Why is Calidore distracted from his quest to kill The Blatant Beast?

5. Why are Artegall and Scudamore so happy when Britomart's helmet is knocked off?

6. What does Arthur make Turpine promise to do in order to keep his life? Why do you think he does this?

7. How does Calidore break the law of Chivalry?

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

9. Who has destroyed Man's Golden Age?

10. What kind of circumstances does Hellenore find herself in?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The appearance of the Salvage Man brings up an interesting argument. Can men be truly civilized without education? Can education truly civilize even the worst of men? What are your feelings on the importance of education? Use examples from the book to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Calidore puts aside his life as a knight to join the shepherds. Why do you think he does this? What was so attractive about this change? How did this change effect him? Do you think he got what he wanted out of the experience?

Essay Topic 3

Spenser plays on the stereotypical gender roles quite a bit in this book. Many of his characters step over that gender role line. What are the most important crossovers and how do they effect the outcome of the book? Are there people in our society today doing the same thing?

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