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  • 1. 
    Which of the following time brackets comprises the Anglo-Norman period in England?
    • A. 

      1044-1259

    • B. 

      952-1066

    • C. 

      1066-1340

    • D. 

      1020-1450

  • 2. 
    The Battle of Hastings was fought between William the Conqueror of Normandy and whom?
    • A. 

      Harold Godwinson

    • B. 

      Harold Harefoot

    • C. 

      Harald Olafsson

    • D. 

      Harald Gormsson

  • 3. 
    Which of these was not a consequence of the Norman Conquest of England?
    • A. 

      The foundation of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

    • B. 

      A zest for refined life and the knightly code

    • C. 

      Implementation of laissez-faire economics

    • D. 

      Religious crusades to claim Jerusalem from the infidels

  • 4. 
    During the Anglo-Norman period, which of the following became the language of court?
    • A. 

      English

    • B. 

      French

    • C. 

      Latin

    • D. 

      Flemish

  • 5. 
    Which of these is not one of the seven deadly sins?
    • A. 

      Gluttony

    • B. 

      Sloth

    • C. 

      Wrath

    • D. 

      Dishonesty

  • 6. 
    The “Wheel of Fortune” was a pervasive idea throughout the Middle Ages. What did it not represent?
    • A. 

      The ephemeral nature of earthly things

    • B. 

      The stability of all things

    • C. 

      An evolution of the Old English “wyrd”

    • D. 

      That important things in life come from within

  • 7. 
    The Ptolemaic conception of the universe stated what?
    • A. 

      That the earth was located at the centre of the universe

    • B. 

      That the sun was located at the centre of the universe

    • C. 

      That the planets align once every decade

    • D. 

      That the Age of Aquarius would signify the end of the world

  • 8. 
    How many estates was medieval society divided into?
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      5

  • 9. 
    Where is the Black Death thought to have originated?  
    • A. 

      Vietnam

    • B. 

      India

    • C. 

      China

    • D. 

      Pakistan

  • 10. 
    Which of the following did not contribute to the spreading of the Black Death to Europe?
    • A. 

      Rats

    • B. 

      Fleas

    • C. 

      Ships

    • D. 

      Pigs

  • 11. 
    In the High Middle Ages, the transition towards which movement began?
    • A. 

      Feudalism

    • B. 

      Renaissance

    • C. 

      Gothic

    • D. 

      Romanticism

  • 12. 
    Which of these is not a characteristic of medieval literature?
    • A. 

      Heroism

    • B. 

      Moral lessons

    • C. 

      Idealised behaviour

    • D. 

      Stream of consciousness

  • 13. 
    Medieval heroes often suffered from what?
    • A. 

      Love sickness

    • B. 

      Amnesia

    • C. 

      Vanity

    • D. 

      Agoraphobia

  • 14. 
    Which rhetorical device corresponds to the following definition? "A form of extended metaphor, in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative, are equated with the meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. A story with two meanings: a literal and a figurative one."
    • A. 

      Allusion

    • B. 

      Allegory

    • C. 

      Antiphrasis

    • D. 

      Antithesis

  • 15. 
    Which of the following does not characterise the hero’s quest in medieval literature?
    • A. 

      His journey towards a goal

    • B. 

      His tragic flaw

    • C. 

      His cowardice in battle

    • D. 

      His code of conduct

  • 16. 
    When was Sir Gawain and the Green Knight written?
    • A. 

      1375-1400

    • B. 

      1030-1070

    • C. 

      1400-1450

    • D. 

      1280-1320

  • 17. 
    The author of the SGGK text is often referred to as what?
    • A. 

      The Ruby Poet

    • B. 

      The Sapphire Poet

    • C. 

      The Pearl Poet

    • D. 

      The Diamond Poet

  • 18. 
    The piece is composed of how many stanzas?
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      101

    • C. 

      200

    • D. 

      201

  • 19. 
    What is the name of the short line followed by four longer rhymed lines which appear after an irregular number of unrhymed lines in the text?
    • A. 

      The hook-and-round technique

    • B. 

      The dip-and-sweep technique

    • C. 

      The squat-and-helm technique

    • D. 

      The bob-and-wheel technique

  • 20. 
    The text is a verse romance. How would you define this genre?
    • A. 

      A Middle-English alliterative romance

    • B. 

      A romantic work in rhymed verse

    • C. 

      A religious work in unrhymed verse

    • D. 

      A romantic work in a Romance language

  • 21. 
    Which of the following is not a medieval genre?
    • A. 

      Religious prose

    • B. 

      Narrative prose

    • C. 

      Novel

    • D. 

      Romance

  • 22. 
    What type of hero is Sir Gawain?
    • A. 

      Epic

    • B. 

      Chivalric

    • C. 

      Epigonic

    • D. 

      Anti-heroic

  • 23. 
    The text reveals the author’s aversion to increasing corruption in what?
    • A. 

      The knightly code

    • B. 

      The feudal system

    • C. 

      The tax system

    • D. 

      The Church

  • 24. 
    SGGK is told in the third person, except when the narrator describes events from his own perspective. What is this technique called?
    • A. 

      The eyewitness technique

    • B. 

      The separation technique

    • C. 

      The bystander technique

    • D. 

      The partition technique

  • 25. 
    At the start of the poem, which place and time are described?
    • A. 

      Glastonbury in Summer

    • B. 

      Stonehenge at Easter

    • C. 

      Bath in Autumn

    • D. 

      Camelot at Christmas

  • 26. 
    With which device does the poet exaggerate the Green Knight’s features?
    • A. 

      Hyperbaton

    • B. 

      Hyperbole

    • C. 

      Hypophora

    • D. 

      Hypotaxis

  • 27. 
    How does the Green Knight offend King Arthur when he first enters the hall?
    • A. 

      By asking who the King is

    • B. 

      By sitting on his throne

    • C. 

      By eating from his plate

    • D. 

      By declaring his love for Queen Guinevere

  • 28. 
    Which two colours does the Green Knight wear?
    • A. 

      Green and blue

    • B. 

      Green and gold

    • C. 

      Green and red

    • D. 

      Green and silver

  • 29. 
    Why does the Green Knight have the right to criticise the fact that King Arthur’s knights are not fulfilling their duties?
    • A. 

      Because of his age

    • B. 

      Because of his family’s connections

    • C. 

      Because he is a knight

    • D. 

      Because he has supernatural powers

  • 30. 
    What is the Green Knight’s objective in proposing the Beheading Game?
    • A. 

      To reveal the true nature of knighthood

    • B. 

      To win Guinevere’s hand in marriage

    • C. 

      To become King of England

    • D. 

      To gain fame and riches

  • 31. 
    The beheading game is a motif which first appeared in the literature of which country?
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Wales

    • C. 

      Germany

    • D. 

      Ireland

  • 32. 
    In the Middle Ages, what did the head symbolise?
    • A. 

      Self-consciousness

    • B. 

      Selflessness

    • C. 

      Selfishness

    • D. 

      Self-abandonment

  • 33. 
    After Sir Gawain chops off the Green Knight’s head with the axe, what happens? 
    • A. 

      The Green Knight picks up his severed head and reminds Gawain to find him in a year and a day at the Green Chapel

    • B. 

      The Green Knight bleeds to death and King Arthur orders his knights to carry away his body as a mark of respect

    • C. 

      Sir Gawain flees the hall in a fit of guilt, shocked at his own strength

    • D. 

      Sir Gawain picks up the Green Knight’s severed head and places it on the table in front of King Arthur

  • 34. 
    Which of these is not a virtue of the pentangle on Sir Gawain’s shield?
    • A. 

      Friendship

    • B. 

      Generosity

    • C. 

      Modesty

    • D. 

      Chastity

  • 35. 
    When does Gawain prepare to leave Camelot and find the Green Knight?
    • A. 

      On New Year’s Day

    • B. 

      On All Saints’ Day

    • C. 

      On Easter Sunday

    • D. 

      On his birthday

  • 36. 
    During his search, Gawain rides through the Northwest of England on a horse called what?
    • A. 

      Mingolet

    • B. 

      Pringolet

    • C. 

      Wingolet

    • D. 

      Gringolet

  • 37. 
    What do Gawain and Lord Bertilak exchange on the second day of the chastity test?
    • A. 

      Two kisses for a green girdle

    • B. 

      Two kisses for a wild boar’s head

    • C. 

      Two rings ring for the skin of a fox

    • D. 

      Two kisses for a herd of deer

  • 38. 
    What does Lady Bertilak tell Sir Gawain about the green girdle?
    • A. 

      That it will protect whoever wears it from death

    • B. 

      That it will match his outfit perfectly

    • C. 

      That whoever wears it will be irresistible to women

    • D. 

      That whoever wears it will be able to see into the future

  • 39. 
    What does the guide tell Sir Gawain before leaving him at the border of the forest on New Year’s Day?
    • A. 

      That Lord Bertilak is really the Green Knight

    • B. 

      That he will not tell anyone if he decides to quit the game

    • C. 

      That Lady Bertilak was lying about the green girdle

    • D. 

      That he should return to see King Arthur as soon as possible

  • 40. 
    What sound confirms Gawain’s suspicions that he has reached the Green Chapel?
    • A. 

      Chapel bells

    • B. 

      A scythe against a grindstone

    • C. 

      A choir singing

    • D. 

      The Green Knight’s voice

  • 41. 
    The Green Knight draws blood from Sir Gawain’s neck on which strike?
    • A. 

      The first

    • B. 

      The second

    • C. 

      The third

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 42. 
    Who is Morgan le Faye (the old lady at Lord Bertilak’s castle)?
    • A. 

      Gawain’s aunt and King Arthur’s half sister

    • B. 

      Gawain’s grandmother and King Arthur’s mother

    • C. 

      Gawain’s aunt and King Arthur’s cousin

    • D. 

      Gawain’s half sister and King Arthur’s aunt

  • 43. 
    When Sir Gawain realises that he has failed the Green Knight’s test, what does he view the green girdle as a symbol of?
    • A. 

      Courage

    • B. 

      Love

    • C. 

      Nature

    • D. 

      Shame

  • 44. 
    • A. 

      They are less important than the Camelot characters

    • B. 

      The narrator does not know what they are called

    • C. 

      They function as abstract elements of change and represent nobility at large

    • D. 

      They are figments of Sir Gawain’s imagination

  • 45. 
    How do Arthur and his court react to Gawain’s sin?
    • A. 

      They think of him as a failure for showing weakness

    • B. 

      They blame him for taking up the challenge in the first place

    • C. 

      They understand that Gawain acted through self-preservation

    • D. 

      They patronise him and turn the girdle into a fashion statement

  • 46. 
    Whose reaction to Gawain’s sin is the most rational?
    • A. 

      Arthur's

    • B. 

      Gawain's

    • C. 

      The Green Knight's

    • D. 

      Morgan le Faye's

  • 47. 
    Which of these characteristics of the text clearly differentiates it from Beowulf?
    • A. 

      More sophisticated moral foundations

    • B. 

      Women as powerful instruments of change

    • C. 

      The use of Middle English

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 48. 
    .......................... performs a relevant structural and thematic role in SGGK, both at the formal level and at a symbolic level. 
  • 49. 
    "Not all, I think, for ..................... But some of courteous grace Let him how was their head Be spokesman in that place."
  • 50. 
    “ 'You are not Gawain, the glorious’ the Green man said. […] Yet, you lacked, sir, a little loyalty there, But the cause was not cunning, nor courtesy either, But that you loved your own ...........: the less, then, to blame”