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. Against whom does Merlin suggest Vivien might use the spell, if not him, in "Merlin and Vivien"?

2. According to the king's knights gossip, with whom had Vivien tried unsuccessfully to flirt?

3. For what do Geraint and Enid ask the peasants in their village?

4. With whom was Geraint in the woods watching the king's hunt in "The Marriage of Geraint"?

5. What does Geraint do to the Earl of Doorm?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Edyrn's transformation have religious undertones?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of "social standing" and "lineage" in "Idylls of the King." Who in the stories represents the theme? How?

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 theme of "humility" in "Idylls of the King." In what stories does this theme stand in the forefront? What symbols reinforce the theme?

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