Idylls of the King Test | Final 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. Why does Guinevere not attend the tournament in "Lancelot and Elaine"?

2. How many times has Lancelot previously won Arthur's tournament in "Lancelot and Elaine"?

3. What does Guinevere do when Arthur arrives at the convent in "Guinevere"?

4. Who at the convent knows Guinevere's identity in "Guinevere"?

5. Where has Guinevere entered a convent in "Guinevere"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the allusions to Christ in "The Passing of Arthur."

2. What theme does Tristram represent in "The Last Tournament"? Where has this theme been seen before?

3. What does the exposition reveal of the diamonds in "Lancelot and Elaine"?

4. What does Arthur think of the night before the battle in "The Passing of Arthur"?

5. What can desire do to the human soul, as per the allegory in "Guinevere"? What of anger?

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

7. How is Lancelot's character depicted in "Pelleas and Ettarre"? How does this differ than in the previous stories?

8. How does Tennyson break apart from the medieval vision of love in "Lancelot and Elaine" - and essentially in the book as a whole?

9. What is taking place in the beginning of "Guinevere"?

10. How does "Pelleas and Ettarre" interplay with the other stories of Idylls of the King?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Tennyson's use of symbolism and motif in "Idylls of the King." How do these examples illustrate the stories' themes?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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