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Chivalry in the Middle Ages: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

christian church
a powerful institution that influenced people’s lives

feudalism
a type of government in which nobles controlled land

warfare
the violent result of nobles trying to gain land

What are the features of a medieval romance? Check all that apply.
-a hero’s adventure
-poetry or prose
-fantastical elements
-a focus on chivalry

code of chivalry
-morality
-faithfulness
-loyalty

not the code of chivalry
-cowardice
-arrogance
-studiousness

Sir Gawain
one of king arthur’s knights

Camelot
King Arthur’s castle

the Green Knight
a warrior who makes a challenge to the court

What conclusion can be drawn about King Arthur?
he is a polite and cheerful host

How does King Arthur show chivalric values in this passage?
he is respectful of his guests

What conclusion can be drawn about the Green Knight?
he is intimidating

Which evidence from the text best supports this conclusion?
“a frightening figure”

which is a value that is part of a code of chivalry
morality

What can be concluded about the Green Knight?
he expects gawain to keep his word

What chivalric value does the Green Knight expect Gawain to show?
bravery

What text evidence best supports your conclusions?
“Come then, or you will rightfully be called a coward”

Which elements of chivalry does Sir Gawain exhibit in the passage? Check all that apply.
-bravery
-loyalty

Which evidence shows that the Green Knight thinks honesty is important? Check all that apply.
-“I am glad / That I shall have from your hand what I asked for here”
-“And that you have repeated fully, in your own words, / The whole of the covenant I asked of the King”
-“Only now you must swear to me, upon your word”

How do the values of chivalry affect the characters in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
Sample response:
The knights at Camelot exhibit behaviors that reflect chivalry. When the Green Knight arrives, he challenges the knights’ honor. Sir Gawain asks King Arthur to let him accept the challenge. He wants to show his loyalty to the king, which is a value of chivalry. Then, the Green Knight makes him promise to keep his word, which is another value of chivalry. If Sir Gawain does not keep his promise, the Green Knight says, he will be a coward.

What makes Gawain a chivalric hero in this passage? Check all that apply.
-he is a member of court society
-he acts out of loyalty

Read the excerpt from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

“When they had washed well, they went to sit at the table,
The most famous knights nearest the top, as was proper,
And Guenever, in high spirits, was seated in the middle of them,
In the arrangement of the famous table, with them arrayed around her,
Fine silk, furthermore, in a canopy over her,
Of Toulouse red, and many Tharsian tapestries
Embroidered and set with the finest of jewels
That would have cost a great deal if someone had tried
to buy them.
The most beautiful there was the Queen,
Flashing her gray eye.
No one had ever seen
Anyone lovelier in his day.”

Based on the excerpt, what conclusion can readers draw about Guenever?

she is held in high esteem

Which characteristics were part of the medieval code of chivalry? Check all that apply.
-loyalty
-morality
-faithfulness

Which descriptions portray a chivalric hero? Check all that apply.
-one who risks his life to protect his lord
-one who fulfills a promise to the queen
-one who upholds strict moral values

Which statement best describes knights in the Middle Ages?
Knights were professional warriors who helped nobles protect their land.

Which of the following is the best definition of chivalry?
the behavior and conduct expected of medieval knights

Read the excerpt from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

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“No, I tell you in good faith, it is not a fight I have come for.
These are nothing but beardless boys around this bench.
If I were buckled in armor on a big horse,
There is no man here strong enough to be worth riding against.
And so in this court I call for a Christmas game . . .”

What chivalric value does the Green Knight display in the excerpt?

the morality of fair play

Which of the following is the best definition of feudalism?
a government in which nobles have judicial, political, and military control over an area

Read the excerpt from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

“This King was staying at Camelot at Christmastime
With many fair lords and the most beautiful ladies
And the whole high brotherhood of the Round Table
In happy festivity and the high revels of the season.”

What element of medieval court culture is evident in the excerpt?

the camaraderie of nobles and knights

Read the excerpt from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

“By God,” the Green Knight said, “I am glad
That I shall have from your hand what I asked for here,
And that you have repeated fully, in your own words,
The whole of the covenant I asked of the King:
Only now you must swear to me, upon your word,
That you will expect, for yourself, wherever you manage
To find me on earth, to be repaid in kind
For what you accord me today before this high company.”

Which statement best describes the chivalric value addressed in the excerpt?

The Green Knight insists on Gawain’s moral obligation in their agreement.

Read the excerpt from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

“Yet Arthur would not eat until they were all served.
He seemed full of the joy of youth, almost a boy.
He was happy with his life; he cared little
For lying in bed or sitting still for a long time,
His young blood so stirred him and his wild brain.
And there was a custom, besides, that he meant to keep,
That he had assumed in his noble way: he would not eat
On such a holiday until he had been told
A tale all new of some wonderful event . . .”

Which textual evidence best supports the conclusion that Arthur respects tradition?

And there was a custom, besides, that he meant to keep, that he had assumed in his noble way

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