Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo Test | Mid-Book 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 will the successful knight receive from the Green Knight if he succeeds at trading strikes with the Green Knight?

2. Why does Sir Gawain refuse to tell "the lord" where his "spoils" came from?

3. How many miles away is the Green Chapel from "the lord's" castle?

4. What is Sir Gawain doing as "the lord" leaves for his hunt?

5. What gift does Sir Gawain accept from "the lady" on the third hunting day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sir Gawain do as "the lord" hunts?

2. What arrangement do "the lord" and Sir Gawain make regarding the spoils of their days?

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

4. What happens when Sir Gawain enters "the lord's" castle?

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

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

7. On the morning of the first hunt, what does "the lady" wish Sir Gawain to do?

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

9. What animal does "the lord" decree should not be harmed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chivalry is an important theme in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." Throughout the text, Sir Gawain faces internal conflicts that test his ability to remain chivalrous. What is the Code of Chivalry? Is Sir Gawain chivalrous? Find at least three examples to support your belief.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Truth is a main theme in both "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and "Pearl." Choose one of the texts and explain: 1) Why "truth" is so important and 2) How the message of truth is portrayed, and 3) If being truthful is the key to success.

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