The Lady, or the Tiger? 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 word from the narrative refers to an epic poem or an instrumental composition?

2. How many doors does the criminal face across from him in the arena?

3. How would you describe the king's method of governing?

4. What do the hired mourners do if the criminal on trial is killed?

5. When was "The Lady, or the Tiger?" first published?

Short Essay Questions

1. Upon what historial structure(s) is the king's arena based?

2. Where are the attendees of the tribunals at the king's arena located within the amphitheater?

3. What does the tiger represent symbolically in "The Lady, or the Tiger?"

4. When and where is "The Lady, or the Tiger?" set?

5. When are the accused brought to the king's arena for judgment, according to the narrator in Part 2?

6. How is the king's method of governance described in Part 1 of the story?

7. What is described in the hypothetical scenario where the accused man opens the first door in Part 2?

8. How does the king respond when things go his way or do not, according to the narrator in Part 1?

9. How would you describe the language style of "The Lady, or the Tiger?"

10. What is the basis of justice in the king's arena?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the princess's actions, objectives, obstacles, and conflicts in the arena. How does the princess perceive her lover when he enters the arena? What does she do in order to signal to him? What signal does she give? What inner conflicts does the narrator describe of the princess?

Essay Topic 2

Identify and discuss the genre and literary style of "The Lady, or the Tiger?" What are "archetypes" and how are they employed in the story? How popular were these genres and styles when "The Lady, or the Tiger?" was published? With what genres and styles was author Frank R. Stockton associated?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the character of the courtier in "The Lady, or the Tiger?" How does the love affair between the princess and the courtier begin? How long does the love affair last before the king discovers it? How are the courtier's appearance and demeanor described?

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