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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. In which direction is the wood devil in "Balin and Balan"?

2. Whom does Enid overhear plotting to kill Geraint on their journey in "Geraint and Enid"?

3. How does Guinevere promise to dress Geraint's wife in "The Marriage of Geraint"?

4. Whom does Gareth mistake for a bandit and attack in "Gareth and Lynette"?

5. Who was Merlin's master in "The Coming of Arthur"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how the theme of humility applies in "Gareth and Lynette."

3. Discuss irony as it applies to the story of "Geraint and Enid" in a medieval sense.

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

5. What does Vivien turn her attention to once her flirtations with Arthur fail in "Merlin and Vivien"? What does she want?

6. What is the state of England in "The Coming of Arthur"? Upon whose kingdom is the point of focus?

7. Who "stops in" on Geraint and Enid in "Geraint and Enid"? Where are they?

8. Describe how pride plays into the story of "The Holy Grail."

9. What discussion do King Mark and Vivien have in the beginning of "Merlin and Vivien"?

10. What is Tennyson's viewpoint of the oath of marriage in "Lancelot and Elaine"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the subject of sorcery in "Idylls of the King." Who represents this concept in particular? How did this character originate? What was the medieval belief of magic?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the different themes in "The Holy Grail." This is perhaps the most symbolic story of the book. What symbolism is used? What imagery? How do these tie into the major themes?

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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