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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. Learning that the woman is married to the knight that Bisclavret attacked before, what does the king do to the knight?

2. What does Guigemar tie around her?

3. When the woman calls her husband and confesses her crime, does he forgive her?

4. Why does the lover refuse what the princess has to offer?

5. Does the king agree to this plan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Arthur do about his arrested knight?

2. What does Tristram do with a stick of hazel?

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

4. What happens the night before the tournament?

5. For what are the king's advisers eager? How does the woman feel about the situation?

6. How is Guigemar's life threatened? Why is it threatened? What is the conclusion of this story?

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

8. Why does a young wife need help?

9. How does Meriaduc learn of the lady's love for another man? What does he do about this?

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

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

The mutual love of Guigemar and a lady heals him. Part 1) How does he learn this will heal him? How might this influence his feelings for the lady? Part 2) What is the meaning of this healing through love? Part 3) Can love heal physical wounds? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Some stories involve a child that learns as an adult the truth of his parentage. Part 1) Describe these stories. How do they learn about their parentage? Part 2) How does this knowledge help them? At the time the stories were written, what would be the main purpose for knowing one's parentage? Part 3) How is that reason the same or different today?

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