Friday, September 9, 2016

Reading Period 2: September 9-15: A Tale of Two Cities

I'm Charles Dickens. YOU smile. 
Meetings: September 13, 15
Due Dates:
Quiz is due Monday, September 12, 7pm
Assignments are due Wednesday, September 14, 7pm
History is due Friday, September 16, 7pm

Long Read:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Book 2 Chapters 1-12

Short Read: 

Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation by Bede, the Venerable

Read about Bede on page 32, then read the excerpt from A History othe English Church and People, pages 33-34. "Caedmon's Hymn" by Caedmon of Whitby is included in this excerpt, and you can also look at this alternate West Saxon version online.


The Seafarer by Anonymous, p 35-38

Whitby Abbey
Creative Assignments:

Choose 20 words from the poem "The Seafarer" and make a list of these words. Then write a 20-line poem about an experience that inspires you, using one word from your list in each line. The word from "The Seafarer" doesn't have to be the first word in the line, nor do the words have to come in any particular order. The poem does not have to rhyme. Post your list of words and then your poem. 


Scroll through the images of the Bayeux Tapestry. Notice the artistic style -- there is a border on the top and bottom, with crosses and diagonal lines. You also see block text captions. The figures are simple outlines, with no shading or real depth, although the artist shows perspective by altering the size of some figures, making smaller ones farther away, and layering them somewhat. This page has much more detailed pictures and more information. Now that you've absorbed all that, create an illustration in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry. You don't have to do needlework! But you do need to use color in the medium you choose. For your subject matter, choose a scene from the section of A Tale of Two Cities that you read this week: the trial of Charles Darnay, Monseigneur getting his chocolate pot, a domestic scene from Dr. Manette's house, the scene at the fountain, the murder of the Marquis, or any other you choose. 

Writing Assignments:

Bede originally wrote his History of the English Church and People in Latin. But it was the translation into Old English that became a classic, because it strengthened a sense of pride and identity in the English people. When the Normans came, they brought the French language with them, and Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) became a second-class language spoken by commoners. French was the language of nobility and the law. Write a 250 word essay in which you speculate on what it would be like to be conquered by a nation that changed the official language of your country. How would your life be changed? How would you feel? Would you learn the new language and try to assimilate? Would you fight to keep the old language alive?


"It's him I detest!"
"Oh, what? I'm just here asserting my station." 
The Marquis St. Evrémonde is also called "Monseigneur" and "Monsieur." These are all the same person. In chapter 9, the Marquis' nephew says, "We have so asserted our station, both in the old time and in the modern time also, that I believe our name to be more detested than any name in France." In a 250 word essay, explain what the nephew means by this. What does it mean that they have "asserted their station"? Why would that make them so detested? In your essay, give three examples of events in the preceding chapters that show the Marquis "asserting his station" and becoming detestable.


Read the section in your textbook called The Medieval Period, pages 43-54, and answer the following multiple choice questions. Email your answers to me before 7pm, Monday, September 12, using the subject header Quiz Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 2.

1.1066 : 1485
 A. Magna Carta : End of Wars of the Roses
 B. Norman Conquest : End of Wars of the Roses
 C. Norman Conquest : End of Hundred Years War
 D. Doomsday Book : Beginning of Hundred Years War
 E. Crusades Begin : Crusades End

2.What system of landholding did William the Conqueror introduce into England?
 A. Feudalism
 B. Nobility
 C. Tribal Fiefdoms
 D. Communal Ownership
 E. Private Property

3.Why did William the Conqueror have an inventory of property drawn up in the Domesday Book?
 A. To better assign his friends their new property.
 B. Because property disputes were so prevalent.
 C. To illuminate the need for a flat tax.
 D. So taxes could be uniform for all.
 E. So taxes could be based on real property.

4.Why is the Medieval Church considered the most important cultural institution of the period?
 A. Because it unified the culture of the country.
 B. Because Latin was the language of educated persons.
 C. Because it helped separate the nobles from the populace.
 D. Because it connected England to Europe.
 E. Because universities had not yet been invented.

5.What economic development was responsible for the growth of cities and the merchant class?
 A. People turned pastures into farmland and began growing beets.
 B. The wool industry exploded as English wool was highly prized.
 C. Silks from China were introduced as luxury items.
 D. Cities were less polluted than they are today.
 E. Merchants became rich by selling goods others had produced.

6.What is the connection between the Magna Carta and present-day representative government?
 A. It defined the boundaries of Medieval England.
 B. It established independent, self-governing states within the country of England.
 C. It did away with the idea of trial by ordeal.
 D. It introduced the idea that barons had to give consent to taxes levied against them.
 E. It made duels illegal.

7.In what way did the Black Death help to bring an end to the institution of feudalism?
 A. So many people died that there weren't enough laborers.
 B. All the funerals caused an upsurge of religious piety.
 C. The nobles got tired of burying all the dead serfs, and freed them posthumously.
 D. It wasn't safe to labor in the fields because you might get sick.
 E. The nobles all died, leaving the workers free to keep their own profit.

8.Name two important wars that were fought during the Middle Ages.
 A. War of the Roses, Danish Invasion
 B. King Arthur Defeats Questing Beast, War of the Roses
 C. Norman Invasion, Defeat of the Spanish Armada
 D. Danish Invasion, Norman Invasion
 E. Hundred Years' War, War of the Roses

9.What form of literature illustrates the medieval ideal of chivalry?
 A. Morality Play
 B. Miracle Play
 C. Ode
 D. Romance
 E. Hymn

10.What two kinds of drama flourished in the Middle Ages?
 A. Tragic Plays, Comic Plays
 B. Ballads, Laments
 C. Miracle Plays, Morality Plays
 D. Murder Mystery, Historical Dramas
 E. Shakespearean Plays, One Act Plays


Part I: Listen to this thirty minute podcast from the BBC called "Religion in Our Time." This episode focuses on The Venerable Bede.  

1. Why would Pope Gregory call England “the outermost edge of the known world”?
2. What does it mean when the narrator says, “Dante put him in Paradise”?
3. The library at Wearmouth-Jarrow was impressive because its founder, Benedict Biscop, was willing to travel far and wide and pay for acquiring books. What price does the panelist give as an example of a really expensive book?
4. What age was Bede when his relatives paid a dowry to the church to “give him” to the religious life?
5. Bede didn’t get promoted past the rank of “priest” in the monastery. Do the scholars feel that this indicates he was a professional failure?
6. In how many church services a day did the monks at Wearmouth-Jarrow participate?
7. Bede’s version of the Bible was the favorite of the Vatican in medieval times and still used until 1963. In what language was it written and how many copies did they make?
8. Why was it really special that Bede’s version of the Bible was contained in a single volume? How was the Bible usually circulated in those days?
9. How many books or sections are there in Bede’s History of the English Church and People?
10. What writing convention did Bede invent to document his sources and reference the books he was using to make his history? Hint: You might use these in a research paper and format them according to MLA standards.
BONUS: The scholars say that Bede’s approval of the translation of his history into Old English was possibly “tinged with regret.” Why?

Part II: Answer the questions from page 95-165 of The Story of Britain by Rebecca Fraser. Here are the questions. Email me all your answers by 7pm, Friday Sept 16. Please use subject header History Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 2. 

1 comment:

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