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. The narrator regrets which character's presence the most?

2. Which activity does Reason condemn?

3. Which of the following is true of Fals-Semblance?

4. According to Reason, what causes the popularity of a rich person to be lost?

5. Who are Fals-Semblance's parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. What criticisms of the church does The Romance of the Rose offer?

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

3. Is the overall tone of The Romance of the Rose optimistic or cynical?

4. How does Cupid respond to Fals-Semblance?

5. According to reason, what is Age?

6. What is the consequence of having multiple authors for The Romance of the Rose?

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

8. Describe Fals-Semblance.

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

10. What advice does Vekke give to Bialacoil?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the arguments that Reason makes in his conversations about courtly love and gift giving. Are Reason's arguments logical? Are the convincing? Are they valid? Are they outdated?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the criticisms of the church that De Lorris makes in The Romance of the Rose. What specifically does Fals-Semblance criticize, and how? Why did De Lorris choose to convey these criticisms in an unrelated novel about courtly love?

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