Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Reading Period 5: August 28 - Sept 3 : Renaissance: Thomas More, Edmund Spenser


The Faerie Queene Edmund Spenser (Read Book 1, Canto 1)

Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe (Textbook) and 
The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd by Walter Raleigh (Textbook)

Utopia Thomas More (Book 1 optional, Book 2 required)


ART CONNECTION: After reading Book 2 of Thomas More's Utopia, create your own map of the island of Utopia. It can include all your original ideas and does not have to be a copy of More's map. It can be done in any medium. In your vision, what would utopia look like?

HISTORY CONNECTION: Write a 250 word essay explaining what the Spanish Armada was and its significance to the reign of Elizabeth I. 

WRITING CONNECTION: Rewrite the two poems, "Passionate Shepherd" and "Nymph's Reply" in contemporary dialogue, as if it were being spoken in a movie in modern times.

QUIZ: Read the section in the book titled The Renaissance, pages 127-148 and take this quiz. The questions are the same as those in the Review box on page 148.

1.Why was the Renaissance late coming to England?   
A. Confusion over the lack of a strong national language.
B. Political unrest due to battling dynasties.
C. Distance from Florence, Italy, where the Renaissance started.
D. Devout religious leaders made Humanism illegal.
E. Sir Thomas More opposed the spread of Renaissance ideas.

2.Who were the humanists? Choose all that apply.   (Choose all that Apply)
A. Sir Thomas More, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Henry Howard
B. Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor
C. Henry Tudor, King Richard, Opus Lancaster
D. Lorenzo De Medici, Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo
E. People who emphasized the achievements of humans, rather than the importance of God.

3.What literary work is considered the first masterpiece of the English Renaissance?   
A. Spenser's The Faerie Queen
B. Shakespeare's Macbeth
C. More's Utopia
D. Luther's 95 Theses
E. The Spanish Armada

4.Why did Henry VIII break with the Roman Catholic church?   
A. He wanted to establish his own national religion.
B. His first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was a Catholic.
C. He supported the Protestant Reformation.
D. He wanted a divorce, and the Pope wouldn't give him one.
E. Because the previous dynasty had been Catholic.

5.What were the interludes?   
A. Plays with non-religious plots and characters.
B. Intermission puppet shows during performances of Elizabethan dramas.
C. Plays with religious plots and characters.
D. Recitations of poetry performed in public markets.
E. Periods of time where people were more concerned with politics than literature.

6.In the Elizabethan idea of The Great Chain of Being, what position did humans occupy?   
A. At the bottom.
B. Among the angels.
C. Among the animals.
D. At the top.
E. At the middle.

7.What was the Protectorate?   
A. Charles I's court in hiding from Parliament at Nottingham.
B. A military dictatorship established by the Parliament after executing King Charles.
C. Oliver Cromwell's attempt to save Charles I from beheading.
D. Charles II's government in exile in Paris.
E. A refuge for poets and artists to escape the dangers of war.

8.What political event does the term Restoration refer to?   
A. The restoration of democracy as Parliament was given power over the government.
B. The restoration of theatrical performances after the theaters were closed during the Protectorate.
C. The restoration of Queen Elizabeth's daughter to the throne of England.
D. The restoration of the palace after it had been destroyed in the war.
E. The restoration of the monarchy as Charles II was crowned King.

9.What were the two major styles of early seventeenth-century poetry in England?   
A. Classical and Conservative.
B. Physical and Metaphysical.
C. Metaphysical and Philosophical.
D. Metaphysical and Classical.
E. Jacobean and Elizabethan.

10.What was the most influential prose work to come out of the seventeenth century?   
A. The King James Version of the Holy Bible.
B. The Anatomy of Melancholy by Burton
C. Hydrotaphia by Browne
D. Paradise Lost by Milton

E. Pilgrim's Progress by Bunyan

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