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. This lord loves her, but how does she respond?

2. What happens when the princess throws herself down next to her love?

3. While the woman's husband is out of the room, what do the woman and the king do?

4. How does Lanval's lover affect everyone?

5. What does the other woman's mother intend to have Le Fresne do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Isolde urge Tristram to do? Why do they weep?

2. Who comes to this woman's rescue?

3. What does the knight do with the potion before he begins the climb?

4. How does Le Fresne end up being raised by an abbess?

5. Who is Eliduc? What has happened to him?

6. What happens as Le Fresne grows into womanhood?

7. What happens the night before the tournament?

8. What role does the king play in the woman's schemes?

9. How is Lanval's loyalty to King Arthur tested?

10. What decree does the king send out? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At many times during this book, adultery is not condemned.

Part 1) When is adultery not condemned? Why is it not condemned?

Part 2) How might readers at the time these stories were created react to this? Why might they react this way?

Part 3) How does the idea of adultery being noble affect readers today? Why?

Essay Topic 2

These stories reflect beliefs, ideals, and conflict during the time in which the stories are written.

Part 1) How do these stories reflect the time in which they were written?

Part 2) How are they relevant to readers of that time?

Part 3) How are these stories relevant today? Will they continue to be relevant? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The knight in Les Deus Amanz gets a potion to help him climb the mountain.

Part 1) From where does he get the potion? Does she use it? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does his behavior on this mountain reveal about him?

Part 3) What is the moral of this story? How do you know this?

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