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. Vekke says that women should try to get which of the following?

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

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

4. What does the narrator claim to regret?

5. What is a miser, according to Reason?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Frend.

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

4. What does Reason say about marriages producing children?

5. What is Reason a mouthpiece for?

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

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

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

9. What immorality does Reason describe?

10. How do the topics and themes in The Romance of the Rose change with the change in authors?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is the tone of The Romance of the Rose more cynical or optimistic? Point out at least five pieces of evidence.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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