The Romance of the Rose Test | Final 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 is Cupid's laughter when talking to Fals-Semblance interpreted as?

2. What can Sikernesse be interpreted as?

3. What is the name of the drink that Cupid vows not to drink?

4. Who is Fals-Semblance's lover?

5. What does Reason say he will keep the narrator safe from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Frend.

2. How does Reason relate love to the feudal system?

3. According to Reason, what is Youth?

4. What plan is put in place for the narrator to get the woman he loves?

5. How does Reason personify fortune?

6. What immorality does Reason describe?

7. Why is it important to consider historical context when the reader reads about Reason's arguments?

8. How is Fals-Semblance comparable to a priest?

9. How do Fals-Semblance and Abstinence work together?

10. Why does Reason disapprove of gifts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What message does Fals-Semblances presence in the court of courtly love send to the reader? Why is Fals-Semblance considered desirable in courtship? Do you agree?

Essay Topic 2

Describe in detail one of the characters in Sir Mirth's court. How does the physical appearance of this character influence the way the reader views this character? How does the physical appearance of this character relate to his or her personality or behavior? Why is this significant?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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