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 does Bisclavret admit to his wife?

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

3. What is the woman forced to do?

4. Who approaches the court?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the knight end up mortally wounded?

2. Why does a lady arrange a tournament?

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

4. What does the knight do with the potion before he begins the climb?

5. Why does a maiden give her child to her sister?

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

7. How is Lanval's loyalty to King Arthur tested?

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

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

10. What does the husband do with the nightingale?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a theme of one suffering for true love.

Part 1) How is this a theme?

Part 2) Why might this be a popular theme for readers?

Part 3) Do you believe that one must suffer for true love? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

There is a theme of self-sacrifice and forgiveness.

Part 1) Where can this theme be found in this book?

Part 2) How does this theme connect many of the stories in this book?

Part 3) Why might this theme be important to the author? How might it be important to readers?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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