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This quiz is associated with the story of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" with specific regards to the beginning and ending chapters.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    During whose reign does this poem take place?

    • A.

      King Richard III

    • B.

      King Alfred

    • C.

      Queen Elizabeth I

    • D.

      King Arthur

    Correct Answer
    D. King Arthur
    Explanation
    The poem takes place during the reign of King Arthur.

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  • 2. 

    Next to whom does Gawain sit at the New Year's feast?

    • A.

      Sir Bedivere

    • B.

      Dame Ragnelli

    • C.

      Queen Guinevere

    • D.

      Morgan le Faye

    Correct Answer
    C. Queen Guinevere
    Explanation
    Gawain sits next to Queen Guinevere at the New Year's feast.

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  • 3. 

    What is the name of Gawain's horse?

    • A.

      Grendel

    • B.

      Incitatus

    • C.

      Gringolet

    • D.

      Secretariat

    Correct Answer
    C. Gringolet
    Explanation
    Gringolet is the correct answer because it is the name of Gawain's horse in Arthurian legends and literature. Gringolet is often described as a strong and noble steed that Gawain rides during his adventures, including his quest to find the Green Knight. The name Gringolet adds to the character and symbolism of Gawain, as it represents his bravery and loyalty.

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  • 4. 

    What animal does the host hunt on the second day?

    • A.

      Boar

    • B.

      Deer

    • C.

      Bear

    • D.

      Fox

    Correct Answer
    A. Boar
    Explanation
    The host hunts a boar on the second day.

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  • 5. 

    Where is Gawain supposed to find the Green Knight?

    • A.

      The Green Castle

    • B.

      Hautdesert

    • C.

      Morgan le Faye's house

    • D.

      The Green Chapel

    Correct Answer
    D. The Green Chapel
    Explanation
    Gawain is supposed to find the Green Knight at the Green Chapel. This is the correct answer because in the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain accepts the Green Knight's challenge and agrees to meet him at the Green Chapel exactly one year later. The Green Chapel is described as a mysterious and remote location in the wilderness, where Gawain must face the Green Knight once again.

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  • 6. 

    What is the Green Knight's real name?

    • A.

      Bertilak de Hautdesert

    • B.

      Sir Bedivere of Camelot

    • C.

      Havelok the Dane

    • D.

      Grimpy the Hunchback

    Correct Answer
    A. Bertilak de Hautdesert
    Explanation
    The Green Knight's real name is Bertilak de Hautdesert.

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  • 7. 

    What happens to the Green Knight's first axe?

    • A.

      Gawain throws it into the lake

    • B.

      He takes it with him, brandishing it as he leaves the hall

    • C.

      Gawain and Arthur mount it on the wall as a souvenir

    • D.

      The host uses it to kill the boar

    Correct Answer
    C. Gawain and Arthur mount it on the wall as a souvenir
    Explanation
    After the Green Knight's first axe is used by Gawain to strike the Green Knight, Gawain and Arthur decide to mount it on the wall as a souvenir. This suggests that they consider the event significant and want to commemorate it by displaying the weapon.

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  • 8. 

    Why does Gawain refuse the lady's advances?

    • A.

      Because the chivalric code requires him to remain chaste

    • B.

      Because she is married

    • C.

      Because he aspires to the values represented by the pentagle

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Gawain refuses the lady's advances for multiple reasons. Firstly, it is because the chivalric code, which he follows, demands him to remain chaste and loyal. Secondly, he refuses her because she is already married, which goes against his principles of honor and respect. Lastly, Gawain rejects her advances because he aspires to uphold the values represented by the pentangle, which include fidelity, purity, and righteousness. Therefore, all of these reasons contribute to his refusal.

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  • 9. 

    How many kisses does Gawain receive from the lady on the second day?

    • A.

      3

    • B.

      1

    • C.

      2

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    C. 2
    Explanation
    On the second day, Gawain receives two kisses from the lady.

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  • 10. 

    What is the name of the court where Gawain first meets the Green Knight?

    • A.

      The Green Chapel

    • B.

      Camelot

    • C.

      Hautdesert

    • D.

      Xanadu

    Correct Answer
    B. Camelot
    Explanation
    Gawain first meets the Green Knight at Camelot. Camelot is the legendary court associated with King Arthur and his knights. It is the central location in Arthurian legends and is often depicted as a place of grandeur and chivalry. Gawain's encounter with the Green Knight at Camelot sets off the chain of events that lead to his journey to the Green Chapel.

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  • 11. 

    What is Gawain's relationship to King Arthur?

    • A.

      He is Arthur's son

    • B.

      He is Arthur's brother

    • C.

      He is Arthur's court jester

    • D.

      He is Arthur's nephew

    Correct Answer
    D. He is Arthur's nephew
    Explanation
    Gawain's relationship to King Arthur is that he is Arthur's nephew.

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  • 12. 

    Why does Gawain take the lady's green girdle?

    • A.

      Because he doesn't want to die

    • B.

      Because he wants to give it to the Green Knight

    • C.

      Because he is overcome with desire

    • D.

      Because she threatens to kill him

    Correct Answer
    A. Because he doesn't want to die
    Explanation
    Gawain takes the lady's green girdle because he doesn't want to die. The green girdle is believed to have magical properties that can protect the wearer from harm. Gawain, being aware of the impending confrontation with the Green Knight, fears for his life and decides to take the girdle as a means of self-preservation. He believes that wearing the girdle will increase his chances of surviving the Green Knight's blow and escaping death.

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  • 13. 

    What love token does the lady first offer Gawain?

    • A.

      A ring

    • B.

      Her girdle

    • C.

      A glove

    • D.

      A sword

    Correct Answer
    A. A ring
    Explanation
    The lady first offers Gawain a ring as a love token.

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  • 14. 

    How much time does Gawain have to loate the Green Knight?

    • A.

      Exactly one year

    • B.

      Exactly six months

    • C.

      Exactly one year and eight days

    • D.

      Exactly one year and one day

    Correct Answer
    D. Exactly one year and one day
    Explanation
    Gawain has exactly one year and one day to locate the Green Knight. This is evident from the answer choice provided.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following is an example of alliteration?

    • A.

      The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain

    • B.

      We were the first that ever burst/ into that silent sea

    • C.

      In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin,/ Before polygamy was made a sin

    • D.

      True men pay what they owe;/ No danger then in sight

    Correct Answer
    C. In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin,/ Before polygamy was made a sin
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin,/ Before polygamy was made a sin." This is an example of alliteration because it repeats the "p" sound in "pious," "priestcraft," and "polygamy." Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of closely connected words or syllables, and this phrase demonstrates that.

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  • 16. 

    What is one idea that the green scarf comes to symbolize?

    • A.

      Gawain's final cowardice when he faces the Green Knight

    • B.

      Gawain's understanding that even good people are stained with guilt

    • C.

      The eventual triumph of good over evil

    • D.

      The knight's respect for the Green Knight's deed

    Correct Answer
    B. Gawain's understanding that even good people are stained with guilt
    Explanation
    The green scarf in the story symbolizes Gawain's understanding that even good people are stained with guilt. This suggests that Gawain, despite being a noble and virtuous knight, realizes that he is not without fault and has made mistakes. The green scarf serves as a reminder of his own imperfections and the universal human experience of guilt, highlighting the theme of moral complexity and the fallibility of even the most honorable individuals.

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  • 17. 

    The Green Knight challenges the court to

    • A.

      Prove that they are as valiant as their reputation reports them to be

    • B.

      Follow him to his kingdom and fight him on his own territory

    • C.

      Sacrifice one of their own men so that the rest of them can go free

    • D.

      Force King Arthur to take part in a battle with him

    Correct Answer
    A. Prove that they are as valiant as their reputation reports them to be
    Explanation
    The Green Knight challenges the court to prove that they are as valiant as their reputation reports them to be. This means that the Green Knight wants the court to demonstrate their bravery and courage, to show that they are truly as heroic as they are rumored to be. He is testing their reputation and expecting them to live up to it by facing him in a challenge or battle.

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  • 18. 

    Why does Gawain volunteer to fight the Green Knight?

    • A.

      Gawain is not afraid of the Green Knight

    • B.

      Gawain is looking for a fight

    • C.

      Gawain thinks he is not worthy to be in the court

    • D.

      Gawain considers himself the strongest of the knights

    Correct Answer
    C. Gawain thinks he is not worthy to be in the court
    Explanation
    Gawain volunteers to fight the Green Knight because he believes he is not worthy to be in the court. This suggests that Gawain may have low self-esteem or doubts about his own abilities. By taking on this challenge, Gawain may be seeking to prove himself or redeem his perceived unworthiness.

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  • 19. 

    The Green Knight does not kill Gawain because he

    • A.

      Regrets the deception he has played on Gawain

    • B.

      Thinks Gawain has passed the test of honor

    • C.

      Wants Gawain to become a knight in his own castle

    • D.

      Gives in to his wife's plea to spare Gawain's life

    Correct Answer
    B. Thinks Gawain has passed the test of honor
    Explanation
    The Green Knight does not kill Gawain because he believes that Gawain has passed the test of honor. Throughout the story, Gawain demonstrates his integrity and loyalty, even when faced with temptation. He resists the advances of the Green Knight's wife and remains true to his word. The Green Knight admires Gawain's commitment to honor and spares his life as a result.

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  • 20. 

    Who has concocted the scheme that tested Gawain's honor?

    • A.

      Arthur

    • B.

      Mordred

    • C.

      Morgan le Faye

    • D.

      Monteverdi

    Correct Answer
    C. Morgan le Faye
    Explanation
    Morgan le Faye is the correct answer because she is a sorceress and an antagonist in Arthurian legends. In many versions of the story, she is portrayed as the one who concocts a scheme to test Gawain's honor. She often uses her magic and deceitful tactics to manipulate and challenge the knights of the Round Table, including Gawain.

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