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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. Does the king agree to this plan?

2. Not wishing to be judged by her own false words, what does the woman do?

3. What rumor does one wife spread about having twins?

4. Does the lover listen to the princess's advice?

5. How does the king reward Bisclavret?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the king do at the end of the story?

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

3. How does Lanval end up arrested?

4. What happens when Equitan falls in love?

5. What is the woman's scheme?

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

7. How is Lanval's love returned to him?

8. What happens when the ship arrives at an ancient city?

9. How is Guigemar's life threatened? Why is it threatened? What is the conclusion of this story?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Guigemar and the lady's love is unbreakable.

Part 1) How do you know it is unbreakable?

Part 2) How are these two rewarded for their unbreakable love and promise to each other?

Part 3) How is this metaphor still recognized today? How is this relevant to readers today?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

in Eliduc, all three characters serve God in the end.

Part 1) How do they end up serving God? Why does the story end this way?

Part 2) How is this story similar and different to other stories in this book?

Part 3) What message does this story send?

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