Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Reading Period 12: October 16-22: Dryden, Pepys, Defoe


Read the section titled The Restoration, read the entry on Dryden, read Dryden's "An Essay on Dramatic Poesy," read the entry on Samuel Pepys, read the excerpt from Samuel Pepys' diary, and read the excerpt from Defoe's "Journal of a Plague Year." 

This week's reading assignment represents a wig-off between these three Restoration-era writers. Who has the best wig? You be the judge:

John Dryden: Cool wig bro.

Samuel Pepys: Wig may have fallen victim to smoke damage.

Daniel Defoe: Wig master. Master of wigs. 


Art Connection:

Find a map of London that you can print out, and use it as a canvas to make an art piece about the great fire of 1666. You can paint on it, collage it, use pen and ink to add illustrations, or whatever you choose. You can also digitally alter a digital image, if you would rather work on the computer.

History Connection:

Write 250 words about how disease prevention has changed from 1665 to now. Consider what the doctors of 17th century London would have done to ease or prevent the plague compared to what is done now successfully and unsuccessfully to stop the spread of diseases like flu, rhinovirus, AIDS, etc.

Writing Connection:
Write a daily diary for 5 days, just like Samuel Pepys. You can focus on buying fabric for a waistcoat or fiddling for a dance, if you like, or you can include the normal details of your own life. Keep in mind that writing a diary gives future humans insight as to the daily happenings of people living in our time. 


This quiz covers the historical material about The Restoration in the textbook pages 327-347 and the questions can be found in the "Review" box on page 347.

1.What does the term "Restoration" refer to?
A. A progressive time of great revolutionary changes in England.
B. The Stuart royal family was reinstated on the throne after being in exile in France.
C. When a painting is damaged by age or wear, an artist can clean and restore it.
D. The Puritans were restored to power after the Civil War.

2.What published work marks the end of this literary period?
A. An Essay of Dramatic Poesy, by John Dryden
B. Love's Labors Lost, by Shakespeare and Bacon
C. Paradise Lost, by Milton
D. Lyrical Ballads, by Wordsworth and Coleridge.

3.Which Monarch was expelled in the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688?
A. Charles II
B. Charles I
C. James II
D. James I

4.Why was the House of Hanover invited to the British throne instead of the Stuart heir?
A. He was a Catholic.
B. He was a Protestant.
C. He was a Lutheran.
D. He was an Anglican.

5.What interests were represented by each of the two political parties, the Tories and the Whigs?
A. The Whigs represented the conservative, monarchist faction, the Tories represented the progressive parliament faction.
B. The Whigs represented the Stuart heir who was harbored in France, the Tories represented those in favor of George I.
C. The Whigs represented banks and merchants, cities and towns. The Tories represented country squires and their folk, who favored old traditions.
D. The Whigs represented the peanut butter, the Tories represented the jelly.

6.Who are the "Dissenters"?
A. Those who thought that cities shouldn't be allowed to get so big.
B. Those who remained outside the church during the highly religious 18th century.
C. The country people and farmers.
D. Those who opposed the prevailing political party of the time.

7.What became the social center for the middle class?
A. The coffeehouses.
B. The churches.
C. The theaters.
D. The bars.

8.What type of drama was most characteristic of Restoration theater?
A. Domestic dramas.
B. Historical tragedies.
C. Tragedies.
D. Comedies of manners.

9.What happened to the system of literary patronage during this period?
A. Writers had to earn their living without a government pension.
B. Patronage expanded and writers were kept in riches.
C. Patronage diminished and writing and publishing stopped.
D. Writers became their own patrons and paid themselves from collective stores.

10.What two revolutions were instrumental in changing the social order and ideas of 18th century England?
A. Industrial and Glorious.
B. Industrial and Italian.
C. French and Italian.
D. Industrial and French.
E. Intellectual and Industrial.

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