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. This lord loves her, but how does she respond?

2. Lanval is a worthy knight in the service of Arthur, but when Arthur hands out rewards to his knights, what happens to Lanval?

3. What does the woman fear?

4. A ship takes the lady to a castle owned by whom?

5. How does Lanval's lover affect everyone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Bisclavret and his wife, prior to her learning about his becoming a werewolf?

2. How does Lanval end up arrested?

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

4. How does this story end?

5. Why is Tristram hiding in the woods?

6. What excuse does the woman get for gazing out her window at night?

7. What is the woman's scheme?

8. What happens when Guigemar goes hunting?

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

10. How does the seneschal's wife respond to the king's interests? Why does she respond this way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At many times during this book, adultery is not condemned.

Part 1) When is adultery not condemned? Why is it not condemned?

Part 2) How might readers at the time these stories were created react to this? Why might they react this way?

Part 3) How does the idea of adultery being noble affect readers today? Why?

Essay Topic 2

These stories reflect beliefs, ideals, and conflict during the time in which the stories are written.

Part 1) How do these stories reflect the time in which they were written?

Part 2) How are they relevant to readers of that time?

Part 3) How are these stories relevant today? Will they continue to be relevant? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In Milun, a parallel is made between various aspects of the story.

Part 1) What parallel events take place? How are they similar?

Part 2) What is the purpose for these parallel events?

Part 3) How are these events similar to events found in other stories in this book?

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