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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. By what are Balin and Balan located outside Camelot in the beginning of "Balin and Balan"?
(a) A mountain.
(b) A tree.
(c) A fountain.
(d) A meadow.

2. Why doesn't Enid succeed in warning Geraint initially of the coming attack by her former suitor in "Geraint and Enid"?
(a) He won't listen to her.
(b) He leaves the room.
(c) He is asleep.
(d) He is eating.

3. Who is Gareth's father?
(a) Sir Bleys.
(b) King Mark.
(c) Sir Galahad.
(d) King Lot.

4. Geraint takes his wife back to his own land to protect her of hearing rumors of what?
(a) Arthur's affair.
(b) Guinevere's affair.
(c) His cowardice.
(d) Geraint's affair.

5. Whom did Arthur send to bring Guinevere to him?
(a) Lancelot.
(b) Galahad.
(c) Gawain.
(d) Merlin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What maiden has been besieged in "Gareth and Lynette"?

2. The banners in Arthur's hall represent how many battles?

3. Who had initially requested the spell of which Merlin holds secret in "Merlin and Vivien"?

4. Who goes in secret and defeats Balin and Balan?

5. For what does Geraint chastise Enid on their journey in "Geraint and Enid"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the exposition reveal of the diamonds in "Lancelot and Elaine"?

3. Who arrives before the tournament in "The Last Tournament" and what news does he relay?

4. In the story of "The Marriage of Geraint," what does the dwarf do to Guinevere's maiden and Geraint? What does Geraint vow?

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

6. Describe the character of Edyrn between "The Marriage of Geraint" and "Geraint and Enid."

7. What is the problem that Lynette turns to Arthur for help with?

8. What is the principle theme of "Gareth and Lynette"?

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

10. Describe the allegory of the human soul in "Guinevere."

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