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. Satisfied that Lanval has been vindicated, what does Arthur do to Lanval?

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

3. Why does the king not wish to give his daughter up in marriage?

4. To where do the lady and her maids help Guigemar?

5. Does Guigemar agree to do as the lord asks?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Arthur do about his arrested knight?

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

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

4. What happens when Guigemar first arrives at Meriaduc's castle?

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

6. What does the husband do with the nightingale?

7. Why does a lady arrange a tournament?

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

9. Why does Guilliadun's body end up in a chapel?

10. Why is Tristram hiding in the woods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There is a theme of what goes around comes around.

Part 1) How is this a theme? What is meant by this?

Part 2) Is this theme relevant today? Why or why not?

Part 3) How might knowledge of this theme affect one's behavior?

Essay Topic 3

In Chaitivel, a lady cannot choose a husband from her suitors.

Part 1) Why can she not choose a husband from her suitors? How does she remedy this?

Part 2) Is this a good way to choose a mate? Why or why not? What does this reveal about her?

Part 3) What is the moral of this story? What might readers think of this story? Why?

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