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. Who initially had the vision of the Holy Grail?

2. To whom is King Arthur metaphorically the most symbolic?

3. With whom is Guinevere having an affair in "The Last Tournament"?

4. Arthur tells Guinevere that her sins have affected whom in "Guinevere"?

5. What is the prize of Arthur's great tournament in "Lancelot and Elaine"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Tennyson's version of "Lancelot and Elaine" embody Romantic notions of love?

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

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

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

10. Describe the allegory of Eden in "Guinevere."

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

How is irony employed in "Gareth and Lynette" and in "Geraint and Enid"? How does the use of irony play into the stories' structure?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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