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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The men in the tournament in "The Marriage of Geraint" are only allowed to participate if they have who with them?
(a) Their mother.
(b) Their daughter.
(c) The woman they love.
(d) Their father.

2. Where did Vivien's mother die?
(a) On her father's corpse.
(b) In a chapel.
(c) In Camelot.
(d) In the Queen's quarters.

3. In the Dedication, the Queen of Orkney says, "A doubtful throne is ____ on summer seas."
(a) Fire.
(b) Scum.
(c) Oil.
(d) Ice.

4. How does Guinevere promise to dress Geraint's wife in "The Marriage of Geraint"?
(a) Like the sun.
(b) Like a princess.
(c) Like a queen.
(d) Like the stars.

5. What word does Vivien hear Merlin say which throws her into a rage in "Merlin and Vivien"?
(a) Woman.
(b) Witch.
(c) Harlot.
(d) Queen.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is in the group of thieves attempting to murder in "Gareth and Lynette"?

2. To whom is Gorlos married?

3. How did Vivien's father die?

4. With whom was Geraint in the woods watching the king's hunt in "The Marriage of Geraint"?

5. What does Vivien accuse Merlin of using the spell to do for his own use in "Merlin and Vivien"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Guinevere represent to Balin in "Balin and Balan"? How does this affect his actions?

2. What is the importance of royal blood to King Leodogran?

3. Describe the allegory of Eden in "Guinevere."

4. How does Tennyson break apart from the medieval vision of love in "Lancelot and Elaine" - and essentially in the book as a whole?

5. How is the concept of emotion viewed differently from the medieval period than the Romantic period? How is this reflected symbolically in "The Marriage of Geraint"?

6. What theme does Tristram represent in "The Last Tournament"? Where has this theme been seen before?

7. Why does Bellicent instate her condition for Gareth's joining Arthur's court? What is the condition?

8. What is the controversy over Arthur's birth in "The Coming of the King"? What does this have to do with the central plot of Arthur's objective in the story?

9. What does Balin do once Balan has left on his mission for Arthur?

10. What is Vivien's goal for Merlin in "Merlin and Vivien"? What is her motivation?

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