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About what unborn knight does the hermit Nacien make three predictions (that he will sit
in the Seat Perilous, that he will be the best knight in the whole world, and that he will
find the Holy Grail)?
Although Arthur succeeded in landing at Dover, what terrible loss did he suffer?
Sir Gawain was mortally wounded in the battle.
At King Pelles' castle, the table in the dining hall suddenly become laden with all kinds of
rich foods as a symbol of what spiritual activity?
a Communion (or Eucharistic) Service
At the end of the battle, who were the only two knights left alive on Arthur's side?
Sir Lucan the Butler and Sir Bedivere
At the tomb in Corbin, there was a tomb with gold letters on it that said as follows: "Here
shall come a leopard of king's blood, and he shall slay this serpent, and this leopard shall
engender a lion in this foreign country, and that lion shall surpass all other knights."
That inscription describes what two knights?
Sir Lancelot and his son, Galahad
At the tournament that King Arthur held just before the knights left on the Quest for the
Sangreal, which knight defeated every other knight?
For what action is the publisher of Le Morte D'Arthur famous?
William Caxton brought the first printing press to England in 1476
For what were the nobles supposed to pray when the archbishop gathered all the nobles in London?
a sign from God telling England who should be its rightful king
How did Arthur and Mordred die?
Arthur ran Mordred through with his spear while
Mordred's sword cut through Arthur's helmet and brain pan.
How did Arthur's first dream come true?
Bad luck (a viper's biting a knight) ended the
truce that would have saved Arthur's life.
How did Guinevere trick mordred?
She pretend that she needed to go to London in order to
buy clothes for the wedding; but when she arrived, she fortified the Tower of London.
How did medieval theologians describe the operation of Divine Providence?
God writes straight with crooked lines"
How did Sir Bedivere spend the rest of his life?
fasting and praying as a hermit with the
former Archbishop of Canterbury
How did Sir Mordred convince the remaining nobles to make him king?
he forged letters
from overseas which claimed that both Arthur and Lancelot had died in battle.
How does Sir Gawain show his disagreement with king Arthur about executing Queen
by going to his bedchamber instead of attending the execution
How many times did Bedivere try to throw away the sword before he could bring himself to
In Le Morte D'Aurthur, the author uses the word "craft" to signify magic. In what word does that meaning survive to this day?
Morgan le Fay's putting the woman in boiling water because she is the most beautiful in
the land is reminiscent of what fairy tale?
Of what are the 150 bulls in Gawain's dream supposed to remind the reader?
150 Knights of the Round Table
On what day of the year were all the nobles of England ordered by the Archbishop of Canterbury to gather in London?
On what Feast Day does the Sangreal process through King Arthur's dining hall?
on Pentecost (aka Whitsunday)
The search for the Holy Grail is a symbol of what spiritual goals?
the Beatific Vision of
God in heaven and the mystical union of a human soul with God here on earth
What are two examples of anachronisms in chapter 11?
The Tower of London did not exist
in Arthur's time, nor did the big guns which Modred used against Guinevere.
What caused the truce to be broken almost as soon as it was made?
A knight drew a sword
to kill a viper that bit him on the foot.
What concept in Greek mythology did Divine Providence replace during the Christian Era?
the three Fates
What did Arthur ask Sir Bedivere to do?
throw Excaliber and its scabbard into the closest
body of water
What did Nacien the hermit tell Gawaine about his dream in the chapel?
he said that the meadows represented the Round Table, and the black bulls represented the
knights of the Round Table
What did Sir Gawain do before he died?
He wrote a note to Sir Lancelot asking (1) that he
visit Gawain's tomb to say a prayer for him and (2) that he come as quickly as possible to
help Arthur against Mordred.
What did the person who gave Arthur Excalibur ask in return?
The lady of the Lake asked for one favor to be granted whenever she asks it
What Gospel stories do Bedivere's actions resemble?
(1) St. Peter's denying Jesus three
times; (2) Jesus' finding his disciples asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane during his Agony
What happened when Bedivere threw the sword into the water?
An arm and a hand came
out of the water to catch the sword.
What happens to people who sit in the Seat Perilous?
They will be destroyed-except for the one who is meant to sit there.
What is a motif?
a motif is a plot device which can be found across many cultures and at many different points in time in history
What is Arthur's first action after his coronation?
He restored to their rightful owners lands that had been taken by the nobles during the war over who should be king
What is Divine Providence?
the working of God's will throughout human history to accomplish God's goals despite humanity's free will
What is the magical property of Excalibur's scabbard?
no matter how many wounds its possessor has, he will never bleed
What is the significance of the three white bulls in Sir Gawain's dream?
they were the only ones found worthy to find the Holy Grail.
What is wrong with the lady in the Tower of Corbin when Sir Lancelot rescues her?
She is boiling in scalding water.
What story did the hermit/archbishop tell?
At midnight the prior night, a number of ladies
arrived with a corpse and asked him to bury it.
What two events does the Christian Pentecost celebrate?
(1) the descent of the Holy Spirit
on the disciples gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem; (2) the birthday of the Church
What two knights were unable to pull the sword from the stone floating in the river?
Sir Gawaine and then Sir Percivale
What war was going on when Le Morte D'Aurthur was written?
the War of the Roses to decide who should be king of England
What was in his first dream
His first dream had him on a chair tied to a wheel that dumped
him into the water full of snakes and other animals.
What was in his second dream
He dreamt that Sir Gawain came to him in a vision to warn
him against fighting Mordred the next day.
What was Sir Gawain's advice to Arthur in a vision?
He urged Arthur to reach a truce that
would last a month and a day in order to give Sir Lancelot time to arrive with his army.
What was the sign that appeared in the church courtyard on Christmas Day?
a sword stuck through a foot high anvil and a block of marble four feet square
What were the feast days associated with Arthur's pulling out the sword-in-the-stone?
Feast of the Circumcision (New Year's Day) --Feast of the Epiphany (Twelfth Day) --Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) --Resurrection (Easter) --Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost)
When Arthur sent fourteen knights to arrest Sir Lancelot, who was the only knight that
was not slain?
When Arthur told Merlin that he wished to marry Guinevere, did Merlin wholeheartedly agree with the idea?
No, he foresaw that Guinevere would later fall in love with Sir Lancelot
When did Arthur march to Salisbury in order to fight Mordred?
On Trinity Sunday (the
first Sunday after Pentecost
Whom does Sir Lancelot "marry," thinking that she is Queen Guinevere?
Lady Elaine, daughter of King Pelles.
Who urged King Arthur to see lancelot's presence in the queen's chamber in an innocent
Who were the three queen's?
Morgan Le Fay (Arthur's sister), the queen of Northgalis, and
the Queen of the Waste Lands.
Who were the women that the narrator identifies as having taken Arthur's body to the
Morgan Le Fay, the queen of Northgalis, Queen of the Waste Lands, and Lady Nimue
Why did King Arthur hold a tournament just before the knights left on the Quest for the
(1) to bid farewell to his knights; (2) to put Galahad to the test
Why has Sir Mordred been left in charge of the kingdom?
King Arthur has crossed the
English Channel to attack Sir Lancelot's Kingdom of Benwin
Why is Sir Gawain so upset after Queen Guivevere's rescue?
Sir Lancelot killed tow of his brothers, Sir Gareth and Sir Gaheris
Why is the ending equivocal about Arthur's death?
The narrator ends the story by saying, "Yet the hermit knew not for certain that it was truly the
body of King Arthur." Since the hermit recognized Sir Bedivere, it is highly unlikely that he
would not have recognized his former king
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