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. Guigemar rides away to the sea where he discovers what?

2. Many men try for she is very beautiful. Do any succeed?

3. What does the woman tell the king to suggest to her husband on the third day?

4. Where does the servant leave the infant?

5. What happens when they are discovered by her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the story end?

2. How does the seneschal's wife respond to the king's interests? Why does she respond this way?

3. Why do a knight and his neighbor's wife send messages and gifts to each other?

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

5. What excuse does the woman get for gazing out her window at night?

6. How does the knight end up mortally wounded?

7. Why does the lady believe that the knight's title is appropriate?

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

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

10. What happens after the maiden gives her child to her sister?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Les Deus Amanz, the king does not want to give his daughter away in marriage.

Part 1) Why does the king not want to give his daughter away in marriage? How does he go about keeping her from marrying?

Part 2) How might parents at this time commiserate with this father?

Part 3) How can parents today understand why this father does not want to give his daughter away in marriage?

Essay Topic 2

Faith and one's ultimate reward are connected in Le Fresne's story.

Part 1) Describe Le Fresne's story. How was Le Fresne faithful? Why was she faithful?

Part 2) How is she rewarded? What does this reveal about the connection between faithfulness and reward?

Part 3) Should she have been faithful in this situation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

There is a theme of self-sacrifice and forgiveness.

Part 1) Where can this theme be found in this book?

Part 2) How does this theme connect many of the stories in this book?

Part 3) Why might this theme be important to the author? How might it be important to readers?

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