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. What does the narrator see at the bottom of the well?

2. Who does the garden the narrator finds belong to?

3. What is Vilanye representative of?

4. Who does Shame protect the roses from?

5. What does fairsemblaunce represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Wikked-Tunge's appearance.

2. Why isn't Hope an allegorical character?

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

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

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

6. What is Jealousy's allegorical meaning?

7. Who is Bialacoil?

8. What does Bialacoil represent in the allegory?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe three instances of foreshadowing evident in The Romance of the Rose. What does each example foreshadow? What literary devices contribute to the use of foreshadowing?

Essay Topic 2

How does the narrator fall in love? How is the feeling of falling in love described? Why is it described this way?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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