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. In the allegory, what does the woman shut the man out of?

2. Who is Shame's father?

3. How old is the narrator at the time he is discussing the dream?

4. Who begins to build a castle?

5. Which of the following demonstrates the narrator's lamentations?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cupid suggest that the narrator can be a good suitor?

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

3. What does Bialacoil represent in the allegory?

4. What is Good Hope?

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

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

7. Why isn't Hope an allegorical character?

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

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

10. What is Jealousy's allegorical meaning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does the narrator choose to share the dream with the reader? How can you tell throughout the novel that these motives are true?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Venus's role in The Romance of the Rose. What does she bring with her? How does she bring attraction and chemistry? Is she good or bad?

Essay Topic 3

On the wall outside of the garden leading to courtly love, there are pictures. These pictures represent vices not welcome into courtly love. Analyze one of the vices, such as Elde or Vilanye, and explain the role it serves in the poem. Why is this a vice not allowed into courtly love?

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