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. What is the name of King Arthur's castle?

2. From whom does King Pellam find himself descended in "Balin and Balan"?

3. Whom does Vivien tell Guinevere is attempting to force her to marry him?

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

5. What is the prize of the tournament in "The Marriage of Geraint"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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."

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the stories of "Gareth and Lynette" and "Pelleas and Ettarre." What themes do these stories share? How do they differ in their outcomes?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the characters of Vivien and Guinevere. How are these characters similar? How do they differ in their actions and their motivations? When do they interact in the book?

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