Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Renaissance Humanities Exam Fall 2019

Humanities 302

Medieval/Renaissance Final Exam

Dr. Michael Ebenezer Delahoyde

Washington State University


Questions will be drawn from the material covered since the last exam:
that’s most of Dante’s Inferno on through to the end of all
Renaissance materials thereafter.

I. IDENTIFICATIONS. [Total 26 points.]

On the designated day for this second exam of the semester, you will
rely on the breadth and depth of your absorption of the class materials
in order to answer an assortment of questions, primarily but perhaps
not exclusively identification based: maybe identify the punishment
for thieves, or who painted the Mona Lisa, or identify the
originator of the “Petrarchan” sonnet — that kind of question, only a
bit more difficult. This portion of the exam will be inflicted on you
at the beginning of the last Wednesday class period, November 20th.

II. QUOTATIONS. [Total 50 points; 5 points each.]

A combination of identification and significance questions will follow
quotations from the literature, art images, musical tracks, and the
other relevant materials selected for their representativeness of our
discussions on key points ever since the previous exam. “Santa knows
that we’re God’s children and that makes everything right.”

III. TAKE-HOME ESSAY. [Total 24 points.]

The essay should be an original and virtuoso piece of glory, with a
unified perspective and fine critical thinking, manifested in impressive
eloquence, with facile reference to specifics from the class
materials, and amounting to three (3) or more pages, double-spaced.


Which world do you prefer? Are you attracted more by the medieval
or the early modern world? Are you more a medievalist or are you
an early modern scholar? Where do you feel more grounded and at
home, and why?

Answer this question with a basis in the arts and humanities as
represented by some of the works we have examined this semester.
Inclusion of mini-reports on “Humanism” or other canned and spurious
concepts, detached from any of your own authentic relationships with
the class materials, will fail. Once again, this class, soon to be
history, was not a history class.

The essay is due in hardcopy form on exam day to accompany
the other in-class components of the exam.