The Lais of Marie de France Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does her husband respond to his wife's answer for why she stands at her window?

2. Who is King Mark?

3. For how long does the knight carry the gift his lover has sent him?

4. The knight writes a letter to his love and conceals it where?

5. Why does the lady arrange to hold a tournament?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Supernatural beings are found in several of these stories.

Part 1) What supernatural beings are found? Describe how they are used in each story.

Part 2) Why are supernatural beings used? What might they symbolize?

Part 3) Do these supernatural beings enhance the stories? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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