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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 Sparrow-Hawk's real name?

2. What does Merlin tell Vivien of the book in which the spell is written in "Merlin and Vivien"?

3. For what does Geraint chastise Enid on their journey in "Geraint and Enid"?

4. Merlin's sought-after spell involved being able to do what to people?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Vivien's goal for Merlin in "Merlin and Vivien"? What is her motivation?

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

7. Why does Geraint leave Camelot in "The Marriage of Geraint"? What is thought by others of his leaving?

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

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

10. What decision on Arthur's part shocks the court in "Gareth and Lynette"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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