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

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

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

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

5. What word does Vivien hear Merlin say which throws her into a rage in "Merlin and Vivien"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Leodogran summon to prove Arthur's birth? What do they relay?

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

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

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

5. From where did the story of "Balin and Balan" originate?

6. How are women and men characterized in "Gareth and Lynette"?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Discuss how the world view of the Middle Ages differs from that of the Romantic era, as expressed in Tennyson's "Idylls of the King."

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