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. What happens when he reaches the top?

2. How do the king and his court react to Bisclavret's behavior?

3. What happens to the deceitful wife?

4. When are the king's advisers dismayed?

5. While hunting near his home, Guigemar shoots what with an arrow?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does the king play in the woman's schemes?

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

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

4. How do Milun and his son meet for the first time?

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

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

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

8. What does the lady intend to write for the four knights? What does the knight think she should call it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In a couple of the stories the action is prophesied and various characters' destinies are pre-ordained.

Part 1) How is it prophesied in these stories? What is the purpose of this?

Part 2) Why are the characters' destinies pre-ordained? How does this compare to characters' lives in other stories?

Part 3) Do you believe in fate? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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