Early English Literature: Exam 2

English 370 — Exam #2
Fall 2010 — Delahoyde
Washington State University


This final chore covers the works of the second half of the semester: from the medieval plays and Malory through the renaissance poets and dramatists.

I. IDENTIFICATIONS. [Total 26 points.]

The same as before: identify whose adopted poetic name was “Astrophil,” or who asks “what should I do in Illyria?” — that kind of question. This fustian riddling will take place first and individually during the scheduled class period: Friday, December 3rd.

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 works of the second half of the semester, extracted for their representativeness of our discussions over key points these many weeks. This time, in the spirit of Shakespeare and Santa, this section of the exam may be a collaborative effort: that is, you may, if you like, form human groups of two to four people total, of your own selection. Just be wise in your establishment of boundaries; there is no reason you need to accept into your group at the last minute any gleeking, beef-witted knave whom you’re not sure you’ve even seen in class during most of the semester.

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

Answer the following question thoroughly and precisely, and aim for about two or three pages, double-spaced. Answers should be virtuoso pieces of brilliance manifested in impressive eloquence, with facile reference to specifics from our works.

Consider the personal and the public in terms of lives, selves, literature. In the transition from the medieval to the early modern period, do you see any shift in the relationship between public and personal? Refer to works of the second half of the semester: the more the better.

Bring this essay to class with you on Friday, December 3rd, 1:10 pm. They will be stapled to the backs of the in-class portions of the exam.

Renaissance Index