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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 the Green Knight do with his own head?

2. What is the name of the last day of the Christmas feast?

3. Where is Sir Gawain to meet the Green Knight to receive his own blow?

4. What does "the lady" wish to teach Sir Gawain on the second hunting day?

5. Who volunteers to take the Green Knights challenge first?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Sir Gawain refuse to tell "the lord" where he got his kiss from?

3. On the night of the second hunt, what do "the lord" and Sir Gawain trade as their spoils?

4. Describe Sir Gawain's shield.

5. What two things does the Green Knight hold in his hands?

6. What did all of the knights think about a possible fight with the Green Knight?

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

8. How is the Green Knight described as he first enters Arthur's castle?

9. Why is the Green Knight surprised by the lack of response to his challenge?

10. Instead of a battle, what does the Green Knight wish to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The central conflict which Gawain must deal with in his quest is the one between nature and humanity. Describe the conflict that Sir Gawain has with nature and humanity. Where does this conflict stem from? Why does the conflict exist? What does he do to resolve the conflict?

Essay Topic 2

The key to interpreting any of the texts revolves around the text's central theme. For any of the texts, explain the central theme of the text, how the central theme is depicted by the author, and how the central theme is built through the use of imagery.

Essay Topic 3

In "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" there is an overwhelming sense of the importance of imagery in its relation to constraint. The girdle, armor, and even food cause feelings of constraint. Discuss three specific constraints as detailed in the text. What is the object? Why is it considered a constraint? How does Sir Gawain succeed at destroying the constraint that the object produces?

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