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 lover begins to slow, what does the princess do?

2. Fearing they will be discovered, what does Guigemar's love do to the tail of his shirt?

3. As Le Fresne grows into womanhood, what happens?

4. Why does this man try to persuade the princess to elope with him?

5. Believing this, what does the husband of the woman with the twins do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the woman's scheme?

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

4. What leads the princess to tell the knight to get a potion from her aunt?

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

6. What happens when Milun returns home after achieving fame as a knight?

7. Who comes to this woman's rescue?

8. Why does the lord consent to marry La Codre?

9. How does the woman learn that Le Fresne is her lost daughter?

10. How does the story end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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