Friday, March 4, 2016

Reading Period 20: March 4-10: Spain

Long Read: 

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, chapters 1-14

Short Read:

Modern Masters: Dali, a BBC Documentary


"The City That Does Not Sleep" by Federico Garcia Lorca

Creative Assignments: 

Ekphrastic poetry is poetry inspired by art. You may remember that we have now read two poems inspired by Brueghel's "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" -- one by W.H. Auden and one by William Carlos Williams. Check out these three poems:

"Cezanne's Ports" by Allen Ginnsberg

"Three for the Mona Lisa" by John Stone

"Nude Descending a Staircase" by X. J. Kennedy

Write your own ekphrastic poetry based on one of these works by Salvador Dali:

The Persistence of Memory
The Elephants
The Face of War

Your poem can be as long as it needs to be, but please make it more than 10 lines.


Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso both created images based on the novel Don Quixote. Take a look at some images online and then create your own illustration of Don Quixote in the style of one of these masters. Here's a collection of the Dali illustrations. Here's the sketch by Picasso. You must indicate whether your art is in the style of Picasso or Dali, and your art must specifically reference if not copy one of the works linked here. Use unlined paper.

Writing Assignments:

Write about a trip that you take frequently -- perhaps your trip to co-op or one of your activities. But put it in terms that Don Quixote would imagine himself being written about. Make yourself appear as heroic and dauntless as one of the knights errant in Don Quixote's literature. Include some elements from the real world (like windmills) but transform them into epic elements (like giants). 300 words.


Amadis of Gaul was one of the main books that inspire Don Quixote to pursue his epic quest for adventure. Read some of the book here, and do some research about chivalric literature. Now write an essay defining the classic archetype that Don Quixote was trying to mimic. What is a knight errant? What is the chivalric quest? Use examples from both the novel Don Quixote and the real chivalric novels you use for research. Think about the structure of your essay before you write. It should have multiple paragraphs, with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. 300 words.


1. What do the fictional knights have to say to Don Quixote in the opening sonnets? What is the general message of these poems?
2. Only one character in the opening sonnets remains unimpressed by Don Quixote. Who?
3. When Don Quixote approaches the inn, he mistakes it for a castle. Give one other mistake of this sort that he makes.
4. Who are Don Quixote's first victims and what is their crime against him?
5. What is Don Quixote's first act of virtue after being knighted?
6. What does the niece want to do to Don Quixote's books?
7. What does the priest say should be done with Cervantes' own first book, Galatea?
8. What does Don Quixote promise Sancho Panza when he makes him a squire?
9. How does Don Quixote explain why the giants have been turned into windmills?
10. What is the situation at the end of chapter 8?
11. Why has Sancho Panza never read up on knights errant?
12. How did Grisostomo dress in order to court Marcela?
13. Why does it bother the traveler Vivaldo that knights errant commend themselves to their ladies before battle?
14. What is on the paper that Vivaldo takes from the funeral procession?
15. What dangerous animal does Marcela compare herself to when she says it's not her fault she's beautiful?

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