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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does fairsemblaunce represent?
(a) Religion.
(b) Hypocrisy.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Charm.

2. What is most distinct about the change in style of the novel?
(a) It focuses on a new character.
(b) It is long-winded.
(c) It is concise.
(d) It loses focus on the allegory.

3. The narrator's longing to enter the garden mirrors which reference?
(a) The garden of Eden.
(b) A reference to Sophocles.
(c) A holiday wish.
(d) Alice's Wonderland.

4. Who begins to build a castle?
(a) Jealousy.
(b) Shame.
(c) Bialacoil.
(d) The narrator.

5. What is Daunger most associated with?
(a) Beauty.
(b) Financial success.
(c) Abstinence.
(d) Social status.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Venus represent?

2. Who does Lady Mirth say holds the key to the Garden of Mirth?

3. Why does the style of The Romance of the Rose change so much after a certain point?

4. Where is the narrator chased to?

5. What emotion does the narrator feel most when Bialacoil is locked away?

Short Essay Questions

1. What message does the allegory relay about the way a woman reacts to a man's interest?

2. What does love feel like for the narrator?

3. How might the reader's sympathy shift as a result of the way the woman reacts to her suitor?

4. How is the story of Narcissus an example of foreshadowing?

5. What does Bialacoil represent when he is locked away?

6. What is allegorical about the rose in the garden?

7. Who is Bialacoil?

8. Describe the view of Narcissus that the narrator has.

9. What does Bialacoil represent in the allegory?

10. How is allegory used in The Romance of the Rose?

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