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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. Who raised Arthur?
(a) Lodogrian.
(b) Uther.
(c) Sir Anton.
(d) Gorlois.

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

3. Balin ends up going toward whose realm in "Balin and Balan"?
(a) The Red Knight's.
(b) Uther's.
(c) Lot's.
(d) Pellam's.

4. What does Geraint give to the peasants in return for their hospitality in "Geraint and Enid"?
(a) A horse.
(b) A crown.
(c) A goblet.
(d) Food.

5. For how long does Gareth's mother insist he do menial work for Arthur before becoming a knight?
(a) Six months.
(b) One year.
(c) Four months.
(d) Two years.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many siblings does Guinevere have?

2. Where did Vivien's mother die?

3. Who is King Pellam's heir in "Balin and Balan"?

4. Geraint awakens to hear Enid say she is not what to him?

5. By what are Balin and Balan located outside Camelot in the beginning of "Balin and Balan"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Why does Geraint insist that Enid wear her old silk dress to Camelot?

4. How is the love affair between Guinevere and Lancelot presented differently by Tennyson than in the Medieval legends?

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

6. What is the major theme of "Merlin and Vivien"?

7. Why does Geraint leave Camelot in "The Marriage of Geraint"? What is thought by others of his leaving?

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

9. What tactic does Vivien use on Guinevere in "Merlin and Vivien"?

10. What justification is there in Vivien's attempts to expose the scandals of the royal palace?

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