Idylls of the King 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. Whom does Geraint find in the ruined castle in "The Marriage of Geraint"?

2. Who is Enid's former suitor in "Geraint and Enid"?

3. What does lightening strike in "Merlin and Vivien"?

4. Geraint's peers attribute his leaving Arthur's circle as a loss of what?

5. What does Geraint give to the peasants in return for their hospitality in "Geraint and Enid"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Arthur's question for Balin and Balan when he summons them to court?

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

3. What is Balin met with at Pellam's castle in "Balin and Balan"?

4. 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?

5. What warning does Enid give Geraint about the Earl in "Geraint and Enid"? What is his reaction?

6. How does Guinevere's infidelity lead indirectly to Balin's downfall? What religious allusion exists in this story?

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

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

9. Who do Enid and Geraint encounter along their path in "Geraint and Enid"? What takes place?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although infidelity is not the central focus of "Balin and Balan," its impact affects the emotions and actions of the characters. Describe how this occurs.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Tennyson's use of imagery (simile and metaphor) in the stories of "Idylls of the King." In what ways do these examples reflect the style of the Romantics?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the treatment of women and attitudes toward the roles of women and men in medieval ages and in the Victorian era as they are represented in "Idylls of the King."

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