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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. Who is Reason's daughter?
(a) Shame.
(b) Cupid.
(c) Pain.
(d) Trespass.

2. The new style that takes over The Romance of the Rose focuses on what kind of traits?
(a) Natural.
(b) Physiological.
(c) Philosophical.
(d) Romantic.

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

4. What is Pope-Hope representative of?
(a) Alcoholism.
(b) Lust.
(c) Hypocrisy.
(d) Sadness.

5. Why does the style of The Romance of the Rose change so much after a certain point?
(a) The narrator's feelings change quickly.
(b) The narrator wakes up.
(c) The text gets a new author.
(d) The story is divided into a beginning and an ending.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Reason say is a bad master?

3. What is true about the presence of time in The Romance of the Rose?

4. Who does Shame dress up like?

5. What is the principle literary device in The Romance of the Rose?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cupid's laughter represent in his discussion with Fals-Semblance?

2. What advice does Vekke give to Bialacoil?

3. Describe the change that occurs in the writing style in the middle of the book.

4. Describe the tone De Lorris uses to describe the narrator's entrance to Mirth's garden.

5. What are De Lorris's three motives for writing The Romance of the Rose?

6. How can the rose in The Romance of the Rose be compared to Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

7. What does Bialacoil represent in the allegory?

8. Describe one of the vices painted on the garden wall.

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

10. What role does misogyny play in The Romance of the Rose?

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