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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. The people in the court are representative of which of the following?
(a) Characteristics one may perceive everybody else to have.
(b) Characteristics undesirable in a lover.
(c) Characteristics desirable in a lover.
(d) Characteristics desirable in oneself.

2. The narrator is told that he must wait for which of the following before picking the rose?
(a) Wait for it to open completely.
(b) Wait for it to wither and die.
(c) Wait for it to be unguarded.
(d) Wait for it to fall off on its own.

3. In what way is Dread portrayed?
(a) Seriously.
(b) Repulsively.
(c) Comically.
(d) Negatively.

4. What trait is most associated with courtly love?
(a) Anger.
(b) Hesitance.
(c) Eagerness.
(d) Youth.

5. Who touches Bialacoil with a torch?
(a) Cupid.
(b) Venus.
(c) Wikked-Tunge.
(d) Shame.

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator says that dreams are symbolic of which of the following?

2. One of the messages in The Romance of the Rose is that hope can do what to a lover?

3. Where is the narrator hit by Cupid's arrows?

4. What do the things painted on the wall represent?

5. Where does the narrator go to seek love immediately after visiting the well?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Bialacoil?

2. Who is Vekke?

3. Why isn't Hope an allegorical character?

4. What does Bialacoil represent in the allegory?

5. What is the significance of the springtime in the story?

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

7. Describe Reason.

8. Asses the arguments Reason makes about the pain of love and the need to control emotions.

9. What does Venus's presence in the rose garden mean?

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

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