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 Timias retreat to the woods as a hermit?

2. How does Blandamour claim Snowy Florimell?

3. Who does Archimago disguise himself as in an attempt to fool Una

4. Who comes on the scene as Paridell's new love interest?

5. What is The Squire's unique quest that he has been sent on by his beloved Columbell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Duessa and Paridell such a good couple?

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

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

4. What happens when Britomart meets Artegall, and why is this so ironic?

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

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

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

8. What keeps Timias from declaring his love for Belphoebe?

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

10. Who is Calidore most worried about, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Britomart has a very important dream. What does she dream? What is the interpretation? What impact does this have on the story.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Spenser uses the names of his characters as a form of satire on society. He takes some of the key values, emotions, and components of our beings and personifies them in his book. Take five of these names and illustrate whether or not you agree with his stance on that character. Is the description accurate? What would you have changed?

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