Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why do people gather at Arthur's kingdom at the opening of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"?

At the opening of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," many people gather at Arthur's kingdom. They gather at his castle to celebrate the Christmas season.

2. What do the guests at Arthur's do to gain the presents?

Part of the Christmas festivities involves playing games to win the presents that Arthur has provided. Therefore, the winner of the game is the one who is awarded the present.

3. What rules does Arthur have regarding his eating at celebrations?

Arthur has rules about his own eating at celebrations. Before Arthur will eat, two things need to happen. First, everyone else must be served. Second, he must hear a story about adventure.

4. What happens when the first course is served during the Christmas celebration in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"?

When the first course is served during the Christmas celebration, trumpets and drums are playing.

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