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. Reason compares courtly love to which of the following?

2. The main point that Fals-Semblance argues is that the preferable holy way of living is to do what?

3. Who is Fals-Semblance's lover?

4. Which character is representative of pleasant thoughts?

5. When was "Gospel Perdurable" published?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Cupid respond to Fals-Semblance?

3. What does Reason say about marriages producing children?

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

5. What immorality does Reason describe?

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

7. Why does the narrator listen to Reason's arguments?

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

9. According to Reason, what is Youth?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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