Thursday, October 24, 2013

Reading Period 13: October 23 - 29: Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

READING: Choose your own excerpt!

The unfortunate thing about reading just an excerpt of Moll Flanders is that the least interesting part is at the beginning, and the most interesting parts are near the end. Therefore you are authorized to find a chunk of the novel to read, and read it. 

Here is a link to the full text of the novel. 

The first husband (the younger of two brothers in the family she lives with after her foster mother dies) is the least interesting of all. Skim that part. If you can make it down to the part where she goes to Virginia and realizes she's married to her half-brother, and the part where she ends up in prison, do read that. Here is a summary on Shmoop. Shmoop helpfully divides the novel into eight sections and summarizes each one. Use the links on the left to locate the bits you find more interesting to read in full. 


Art Connection:

The Least Provocative Cover Ever
Do a Google image search on Moll Flanders and take a look at the myriad book covers that have been created for this novel. Now make your own book cover. What will you show potential readers, to accurately portray what the novel is about?

History Connection:

Read this article about British convicts being transported to the colony of Virginia in the early 1700s. Write 250 words about this practice. You may include info about Moll King, the possible inspiration for the character Moll Flanders, and anything you find about Newgate Prison, where Moll was supposedly born. 

Writing Connection:

Write the beginning of a fake autobiography, from the point of view of someone very different from you. If you're a woman, make it a man. If you're a man, make it a woman. Try to develop a unique voice and style that sounds different from the way you talk in 250 words.


The quiz for this week covers the readings from last week: Dryden, Pepys, and Defoe, pages 349-371. The questions for the quiz are located in the "Reading Check" boxes in the textbook. There are no quiz questions for Moll Flanders, since we may all be reading separate chunks of the book. You are reading on your own recognizance. Read responsibly!

1.At the time Dryden was writing, whose plays were most frequently performed on stage?   
A. Ben Jonson
B. Beaumont and Fletcher
C. William Shakespeare
D. Christopher Marlowe

2.According to Dryden, where did Jonson's poetic genius lie?   
A. Humor
B. Love
C. Passions
D. Tragedy

3.Whom does Dryden consider the most learned of Shakespeare's contemporaries?   
A. Asworth Hornsbottom
B. Mr. Hales of Eton
C. Ben Jonson
D. John Suckling

4.Which playwright does Dryden believe to have had the greatest natural gifts?   
A. Toadsworth
B. Beaumont
C. Fletcher
D. Shakespeare

5.Which classical authors did Dryden translate before turning to Chaucer?   
A. Homer
B. Ovid
C. Boccaccio
D. All of the above

6.According to Dryden, which poet does Chaucer resemble?   
A. Ovid
B. Shakespeare
C. Homer
D. Virgil

7.Dryden calls his readers "the jury." What are they to judge?   
A. Whether Chaucer actually wrote The Canterbury Tales.
B. Whether Chaucer should be translated or not.
C. Whether Chaucer is greater then Ovid.
D. Whether Chaucer is greater than Shakespeare.

8.What aspect of The Canterbury Tales most impresses Dryden?   
A. The way he was loyal to the monarchs of England.
B. The way he spread good ideas to the world.
C. The way he accurately represented his many characters.
D. The way he wove a compelling and pulse-pounding plot.

9.For which crime was Major General Harrison hanged?   
A. For his involvement in the death of Charles I.
B. For incorrectly translating Ovid.
C. For supporting Charles I against the Puritans.
D. For stealing a loaf of bread to feed a child.

10.Where did the coronation of Charles II take place?   
A. The Ceremonial Arch of Piccadilly
B. The Tower of London
C. Westminster Abbey
D. Whitehall Palace

11.What chivalric ceremony did Pepys observe at Charles II's coronation?   
A. The king's cook threw down her apron.
B. The king's footman threw down his hat.
C. The king's squire threw down his jacket.
D. The king's champion threw down his gauntlet.

12.According to Pepys, where did the London fire of 1666 begin?   
A. In the king's orator's house in Speeches Street.
B. In the King's baker's house in Pudding Lane.
C. In the King's shoemaker's house in Sole Road.
D. In the King's groom's house in Saddle Boulevard.

13.How did the Londoners try to bring the fire under control?   
A. Pulling down houses to stop them from fueling the fire.
B. Using water from the river to quench the fire.
C. Using chemical fire extinguishers to put out the fire.
D. Praying in the chapels for rain.

14.What precautions were taken by Londoners to avoid contracting the Plague?   
A. Cover their mouths and noses with masks.
B. Take vaccinations to create antibodies.
C. Burn or wash objects that might be infected.
D. Use alcohol to purify their hands and tools.

15.How were sick people restrained by the magistrates?   
A. They were tied up in their beds and chairs.
B. They were thrown in jail.
C. They were collected together and locked into cellars.
D. They were made to sit on the roofs of the city.

16.What was the function of the Examiners?   
A. To determine which medicines were suitable for human consumption
B. To determine which patients were qualified to receive treatment.
C. To determine which houses had been infected by the plague.
D. To determine which families were treating infected members with dignity.

17.Why did public officials stop enforcing regulations?   
A. The plague overwhelmed them, and they despaired.
B. Everyone was dead.
C. Everyone was cured.
D. People developed an immunity to the plague.


Your revised outlines are due on Tuesday! Read your source material, harvest quotes, facts and ideas, and beef up those outlines!

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