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. To whom is Tristram married in "The Last Tournament"?

2. In the last moments of battle in "The Passing of Arthur," who is left alive, in addition to Arthur?

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

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

5. To where does Arthur's army push the opposing forces in "The Passing of Arthur"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is happening to Camelot in "The Last Tournament"?

6. What is the story of the ruby necklace in "The Last Tournament"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the characters of Balin and Balan. How do these brothers compare to one another? What does each represent symbolically?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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