The Romance of the Rose 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. Who stalks the narrator in the garden?

2. What are gunnes?

3. What is off-limits for courtly love, according to Cupid?

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

5. How old was the narrator when he had the dream he describes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bialacoil represent in the allegory?

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

3. Why isn't Hope an allegorical character?

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

5. What does Daunger represent?

6. How is Dread a caricature?

7. What is Jealousy's allegorical meaning?

8. Why is the narrator's request to kiss the rose a turning point in the novel?

9. What is significant about the castle that Jealousy begins to build?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is it important to consider the historical context of a poem like The Romance of the Rose? What historical background should a reader know before they begin reading The Romance of the Rose? How does this historical information influence the reading experience?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of sympathy the reader might have while reading The Romance of the Rose. How does the reader's sympathy shift from the narrator to the rose? What causes this shift to occur?

Essay Topic 3

Is The Romance of the Rose a misogynistic piece of literature? What characters are misogynistic? How does this reflect on larger themes within the novel?

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