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 are the women whom Pelleas encounters in the wood doing?

2. Who wins the tournament in "The Last Tournament"?

3. Who does Pelleas fight in the ending of "Pelleas and Ettarre"?

4. Whose forces are defeated in the battle in "Guinevere"?

5. Where does Sir Percivale go to finish the remainder of his life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What theme is the backdrop of "The Holy Grail"?

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

9. What is Arthur's justification for his anger at the knights for taking the oath in "The Holy Grail"?

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

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 3

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

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