The Lais of Marie de France 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. When the king discovers the lovers, what does he do?

2. How does the man respond when his love begs him to drink the potion?

3. With whom does Guigemar fall in love?

4. Where does the servant leave the infant?

5. How does the lady resolve to kill herself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens as Le Fresne grows into womanhood?

2. What is odd about Lanval and this woman's love?

3. How do the lovers show their love? What promise do they make to each other?

4. How does this story end?

5. Why is Tristram hiding in the woods?

6. How does Meriaduc learn of the lady's love for another man? What does he do about this?

7. What happens when Bisclavret sees his wife and her new husband? What are the reactions of others to Bisclavret's behavior?

8. Why does a maiden give her child to her sister?

9. What does the woman do so she may marry a knight from a nearby land?

10. What happens when Equitan falls in love?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lanval's loyalty is tested.

Part 1) How is his loyalty tested? Why is it tested?

Part 2) What are the outcomes of each of these tests? What do they reveal about Lanval?

Part 3) How is Lanval rewarded? Is this a substantial and appropriate award? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The mutual love of Guigemar and a lady heals him.

Part 1) How does he learn this will heal him? How might this influence his feelings for the lady?

Part 2) What is the meaning of this healing through love?

Part 3) Can love heal physical wounds? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In a couple of the stories the action is prophesied and various characters' destinies are pre-ordained.

Part 1) How is it prophesied in these stories? What is the purpose of this?

Part 2) Why are the characters' destinies pre-ordained? How does this compare to characters' lives in other stories?

Part 3) Do you believe in fate? Why or why not?

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