Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Chaucer: Exam 2

Dr. Michael Delahoyde
Washington State University


I.IDENTIFICATIONS. [Total 26 points.]

You know, identify whose “drasty rymyng is nat worth a toord”; or who asks the rhetorical question, “Who peyntede the leon, tel me who?” — that kind of question, only maybe a bit more challenging. These questions will be inflicted individually during the scheduled class period: Thursday, December 9th, unless you have already made other arrangements with me.

II.QUOTATIONS. [Total 50 points; answer 10 for 5 points each.]

A combination of identification and, more importantly, significance questions will follow quotations from The Canterbury Tales of the second half of the semester, and perhaps other relevant materials, extracted for their representativeness of our discussions over key points during these final weeks. For this section of the exam, you will be able to work in groups of your own selection and size and with any books notes you like.

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

What is Canterbury?

[Take this question in whatever way you think is most productive and meaningful, combining your best in creative and critical thinking. I’m sure thinking symbolically would be preferable to an encyclopedia-like article on English geography, though. How have we been headed towards “Canterbury”? Do we make it to Canterbury? How you decide to interpret the main question will determine such ancillary questions to be answered. Be detailed and focused enough to mention specific pilgrims and/or tales, and shoot for about two pages, double-spaced.]

The essay may be turned in on the Thursday to accompany the other in-class components, and you’ll be completely done; however, you may turn it in at 355 Avery Hall (under the door if I’m not in), or e-mail it to me (and be sure to get a confirmation of receipt back from me), any time before Tuesday, December 14th, at 12:00 noon; thenne we may biwayle oure giltes.