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. Who keeps the castle gate?

2. Reason compares courtly love to which of the following?

3. Who does Fals-Semblance refuse to help?

4. The narrator's argument with Reason helps shift the story from allegory to what type of story?

5. Reason says that a paramour is which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does misogyny play in The Romance of the Rose?

2. What does Cupid's laughter represent in his discussion with Fals-Semblance?

3. What are the main differences between Venus and Cupid?

4. How does Cupid's discussion of prostitution and courtly love appear cynical?

5. What does Reason describe as the benefits of friendship?

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

7. How does Cupid respond to Fals-Semblance?

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

9. What happens to the narrator when Fals-Semblance takes over the plan, and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Reason discusses the differences between Youth and Age. Describe these differences and the message Reason hopes to convey about both characteristics. Is Reason right about the differences between Youth and Age?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the narrator seem to drop out of the action after his conversation with Reason? What does this mean? Is this intentional? What effect does the narrator's departure have on the reader?

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