Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Board 1
Question 1: Explain the "Beheading Game" that the Green Knight dares King Arthur's court to play, and explain why Gawin takes the bait and stops King Arthur from taking the challenge. Use direct quotes as examples to explain your answer.
Question 2: After Gawain stops at a lord's house to rest, explain the agreement that the lord makes with Gawain, and how courtly love plays a part in this agreement. Use direct quotes to help explain your answer.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Board 2
Question 1: Explain how Gawain does not fully comply with the agreement with the lord, and explain how this leads to the confrontation with the Green Knight. Use direct quote examples to help explain your answer.
Question 2: Explain the revelation of why the Green Knight came to King Arthur's court to challenge the knights. Use direct quote examples to help explain your answer.
Canterbury Tales "The Miller's Prologue and Tale" Board
Question 1: Explain the trick that Nicholas plays on the carpenter, so he can sleep with the carpenter's wife Alisoun. Use direct quotes as examples to explain your answer.
Question 2: Explain how Absolon gets tricked by Alisoun and Nicholas and how that trick is paid back to Nicholas. Also, how does the above lead to embarassing the carpenter? Use direct quotes as examples to explain your answer.
Canterbury Tales "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale" Board
Question 1: Explain the Wife of Bath's main point in the prologue, especially when it comes to her explanation of husband number five. Use direct quote examples to explain your answer.
Question 2: Explain how the main point of the tale recalls her lesson about husband number five. Use direct quote examples to explain your answer.
315 SP15 Literature Paper Assignment
First, pick a period of interest that we have or will cover in the class, and pick a related work to one we already covered that is interesting to you. If you are having problems picking a work from the textbook, email me what you are interested in, and I may be able to help you pick something.
Once you have picked a work, read the work, and done research on it, come up with your own argument on the work with reasons why. Pick an argument specific enough but large enough to write 8-10 pages on.
· 8-10 pages
· MLA format and citing
· At least five outside sources used at least once each (mix direct quote, paraphrasing, and summary) Note: Any quotes need to be fully explained.
· At least one direct quote from the primary source/literary work per body paragraph. Note: Any quotes need to be fully explained and connected to argument.
· More than the five paragraph essay
· Body paragraphs/reasons logically organized
Spencer's Sonnets Board
Question 1: Both sonnet 37 and 64 seem to be describing the woman he loves (his wife?), but for two entirely different conclusions. Explain what is the main point of each sonnet, using direct quote examples from the poems to back up your answer.
Question 2: Explain what is wrong with the way the poet attempts to immortalize his woman/love in Sonnet 75, and explain what is the answer to this problem. Use direct quote examples from the poems to back up your answer.
Note: Pay attention to ending couplets of sonnets to help with answers above.
Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and Ralegh’s “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” Board
Question 1: Compare and contrast Marlowe's and Sir Ralegh's poems. Use examples from the poems to explain your answer.
Question 2: Then, using the information above, explain why Sir Ralegh wrote a reply poem to Marlowe's poem from what you see in the poem. Use examples from the poems to explain your answer.
Sir Phillip's Sonnets
Question 1: Sonnet 1 and 74 seem to come to a similar solution. Explain the solution and how the poet cam to this solution in both sonnets. Use quote examples to explain your answer.
Question 2: Explain how Sonnet 31 and 33 are differnent in tone even though both are about his frustration with love (not necessarily the same woman though). Use quote examples to explain your answer.
Shakespeare's Sonnets Board
Question 1: Explain how sonnet 18 and 55 have a similar message even though the way to the message is different. Use example quotes to explain.
Question 2: Both sonnet 20 and 71 seem to give proof of a romantic relationship between two men, yet is the love platonic and sexual? Explain your answer with quote examples.
Question 3: Between sonnet 130 and 144, we get a pretty good description of the dark lady, so explain the relationship of the writer, the dark lady, and the fair youth. Use quote examples to explain your answer.
Twelfth Night Act 1 and 2
Question 1: Explain why Viola's plan to make herself a male servant would have been so funny to the Elizabeathean audience. (Think about who were actors in the period.)
Question 2: At the beginning of act 2, Malvolio "returns" the ring Viola as Cesario, as Duke Orsino's servant, after she talks to Countess Olivia. Explain why Olivia is "returning" a ring to Cesario. In other words, explain her motive for this action.
Twelfth Night Act 3-5
Question 1: Explain why Malvolio pursues or attempts to romance Countess Olivia. Use examples from the play to explain.
Question 2: Explain how the play resolves itself, and how the ending fits the defintion of comedy during Shakespeare's time. In other words, how do those who are seeking relationships with other characters are resolved?
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