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. What does Ettarre send her knights to do with Pelleas in "Pelleas and Ettarre"?

2. What are the women whom Pelleas encounters in the wood doing?

3. To whom does Sir Percivale tell the story of "The Holy Grail"?

4. Who arrives to take Arthur away on a barge in the end of "The Passing of Arthur"?

5. How long are the knights bound to search for the Holy Grail?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Tennyson's viewpoint of the oath of marriage in "Lancelot and Elaine"?

3. Who arrives before the tournament in "The Last Tournament" and what news does he relay?

4. What does Percivale give as the exposition of how the Holy Grail came about?

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

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

7. What is the principle plot of "Pelleas and Ettarre"?

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

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

10. What does Arthur ask of Bedivere in "The Passing of Arthur" regarding Excalibur? What does Bedivere do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the themes of "trust" and of "jealousy" as they apply to the stories of "Idylls of the King." How do these themes intersect? Give examples from the text in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the religious allusion in "Idylls of the King." What symbols are used to reflect this common theme and backdrop to the stories?

Essay Topic 3

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

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