Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Reading Period 11: October 9 - October 15: John Milton and Paradise Lost

Midterms are done! Every one of you got over 95%! Amazing and wonderful. On we go to the second half of the semester. Your next big test will be the final, and it will NOT be open book. In fact, it will be given in class.

Yes! It will be given in class and you will not be able to use your book and it will cover material from the entire semester! The good news is that you won't have to know a lot of dates. But you might have to know some.


Read p 301-317 including the biographical info on John Milton, the two poems, the excerpt from Paradise Lost, and "The Language of Paradise Lost."


Art Connection: 

Create an illustration of lines 242-263. Show whatever parts of the scene you need to show in order to communicate what Satan is saying. Use whatever medium you like, including digital paint, pen and ink, pencil, paint, chalk, whatever. 

History Connection:

Write a letter from Milton to a Puritan who is leaving England for America. Include, in at least 250 words, the reasons why Milton was against the Church of England, and against the monarchy. You may choose to place your letter at any point in Milton's life, but make clear from the content of your letter when it is being written.

Writing Connection:  

Write a 250 word description of "heaven" as you imagine it -- paradise in whatever religious or pagan vision strikes your fancy. Include all the senses in your description.


The quiz will cover the 17 assigned pages and all the material therein.

1.What was the most important thing about Christianity for John Milton?   
A. The symbols and iconography of the church.
B. The close relationship of the individual Christian with God.
C. The priest as mediator between God and man.
D. The position of the church as a political power in England.

2.In 1649, Charles I was executed and the Puritans took over. What job did he have in the new Puritan government under Cromwell?   
A. Literary Secretary
B. Defense Secretary
C. Latin Secretary
D. Diplomat in Europe

3.What three words describe John Milton when he began to write Paradise Lost after the monarchy was restored in 1660?   
A. Blind, poor, secluded.
B. Blind, rich, politician.
C. Blind, respected, teacher.
D. Secluded, rich, poet.

4.What was the sequel to Paradise Lost called?   
A. Paradise Returns
B. Paradise Grilled
C. Paradise Found
D. Paradise Regained

5.What is the best paraphrase for "On His Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three"? Keep in mind that this was written just after Milton had graduated from Cambridge.   
A. I'm getting old, and may soon die, because the life expectancy in the 1600s is 30.
B. I'm happy to be so young, and young people are favored by God.
C. I'm already twenty-three, so look out, because God has big plans for me.
D. I may seem young, but inside I'm mature, and anyway I'm aging exactly as God intended.

6.What literary device is at work in these two lines? How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, Stolen on his wing my three and twentieth year!   
A. Personification
B. Metaphor
C. Simile
D. Synecdoche

7.What is the meter of the poem, "On His Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three"?   
A. Iambic Quatrameter
B. Iambic Pentameter
C. Blank verse
D. Scotch Diameter

8.According to the intro on page 305, which of these works did NOT have a strong influence on Milton's Paradise Lost?   
A. Shakespeare's The Tempest
B. Virgil's Aeneid
C. Homer's Odyssey
D. The Book of Genesis

9.What is the beginning of the poem, when Milton says "Sing, Heavenly Muse!" called?   
A. Prelude
B. Evolution
C. Invocation
D. Absolution

10.Just like Homer, Milton begins the action "in medias res" -- what does this phrase mean?   
A. In the distant past.
B. At the beginning of the action.
C. Looking back on the past.
D. In the middle of the action.

11.What literary device is going on in this passage? (lines 178-179) Let us not slip the occasion, whether scorn Or satiate fury yield it from our Foe.   
A. Metonymy
B. Assonance
C. Alliteration
D. Oblique rhyme.

12.Paraphrase the final lines of the excerpt in your book: "Here may we reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven."   
A. Better to be your own boss in adversity, than to be an employee in comfort.
B. Better to reign over darkness than work for goodness.
C. Better to do evil than to do good.
D. Better to be secure and not worry, than to fight for freedom.

13.Milton messed with word order to create great sounds and complex meanings in his poems. What language did his writing sometimes emulate in word order?   
A. German
B. French
C. Italian
D. Latin

14.Who was the first being Satan saw, having been hurled out of heaven and landed in the lake of fire?   
A. Beelzebub
B. Mephistopheles
C. The Grinch
D. The Archfiend

15.What is Satan doing in lines 221-230?   
A. Falling down from heaven into hell.
B. Rising up on fiery wings to heaven.
C. Rising out of the lake of fire to fly to solid ground.
D. Rising out of the lake of fire to challenge God in Heaven.


Next week your outlines are due. 

Schedule your presentation as soon as possible. We need two presentations next week.

Make sure during light reading weeks like this one (You only have to read 17 pages! That's light!) you are spending time reading your longer works. Soon I will post a form that your mother can fill out confirming that you really read these. Don't be stuck reading Frankenstein over Thanksgiving!

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