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 Lanval's love comes to him, how will she appear to everyone else?

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

3. While out riding, how many beautiful maidens approach Lanval, calling him by name?

4. When do Equitan and the woman meet?

5. With whose wife does Equitan fall in love?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tristram compose? Why does he do this?

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

3. How does Bisclavret become a part of the king's household?

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

5. How does Lanval meet the love of his life?

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

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

8. What happens when the knight and the princess reach the top of the mountain?

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

10. What happens between the lovers at the end of the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When a person of higher status initiates a relationship with one of lower status, the results are disastrous.

Part 1) Describe two situations from this book such as this. Why are they disastrous?

Part 2) What does this reveal about one's social status at the time these stories were written?

Part 3) Is one's status important today? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Bird imagery is found in several stories.

Part 1) Describe this bird imagery. What is the purpose of the birds in each story?

Part 2) Why might the author have chosen birds?

Part 3) What do birds symbolize today? How might this affect your interpretation of these stories?

Essay Topic 3

Each story involves conflict surrounding the emotion of love.

Part 1) How is there conflict surrounding love? Why is there conflict?

Part 2) How does this conflict affect readers? What is the overall message sent by these stories?

Part 3) How is this conflict found in books and other media today? Why does this theme continue to be used?

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