Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo 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 does Sir Gawain have in his hand as he approaches the roof of the dwelling?

2. Who does Pearl tell the narrator to seek as his friend?

3. Where does the king take Lady Heurodis to before telling her to be at the tree the following day?

4. What is the last word in "Pearl"?

5. What does Lady Heurodis want to hear during her May stroll?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pearl say happens to all whom enter the kingdom of God?

2. What does the "Pearl" narrator see at the base of the crystal cliff?

3. Why is the Green Knight green?

4. What does Sir Gawain do on New Year's day as he rises?

5. When Lady Heurodis disappears, what does Sir Orfeo do?

6. Why do Sir Orfeo's grandparents possess the names that they do?

7. According to Pearl, why has God called her?

8. Why does the Green Knight get angry at Sir Gawain when he delivers his first blow to Sir Gawain?

9. According to "Sir Orfeo," where did lays come from?

10. What happens when Sir Orfeo plays his harp in the woods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In some ways, Bertilak's castle could be compared to Eden and Lady Bertilak to Eve. In what ways, can you find that support the theory that Lady Bertilak is a medieval Eve? Who does she tempt? Why does she tempt him? What happens to the tempted? In what ways does Bertilak's castle represent Eden? How does this aspect of the story illustrate biblical Genesis?

Essay Topic 2

Compare the characters of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Do they mirror each other in anyway? Or can they be seen as foils?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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