The Lady, or the Tiger? 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 theme is explored in Part 3 of the story?

2. Where in relation to the twin doors does the king sit in the arena?

3. Of the princess, the narrator says in Part 4 that "she had done what no other person had done." What did the princess do?

4. The narrator says in Part 3 that "the thinking part of the community could bring no charge of" what?

5. What word in the story refers to a nuptial ode?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is described as standing behind the second door in the narrator's hypothetical trial in Part 3?

2. What does the priest in the story represent symbolically?

3. How does the princess feel about the maiden that waits behind the arena door in the story?

4. What is the crime that the courtier is charged with?

5. What secrets had the princess uncovered prior to the courtier's trial at the arena?

6. What are the positive aspects of the king's decision to put the courtier to trial?

7. Discuss the word "fairness" as it is applied in the story. What does this word mean in the narrative?

8. How would you compare the king's tribunal with our contemporary justice system?

9. How is the princess's lover described when his character is introduced in Part 4?

10. What theme is predominant in Part 4 of the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of passion in "The Lady, or the Tiger?" How is this theme developed through character? How does the author develop the theme through setting? What symbolism and imagery supports this theme?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of fate/chance in "The Lady, or the Tiger?" How are fate and chance defined by the narrator? How are these concepts connected to fairness in the story? Do you think that the king's arena is a fair and just tribunal? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the role of the lady in "The Lady, or the Tiger?" Where in the arena does the lady await her fate? How is the lady chosen? What does the lady represent symbolically in the narrative?

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