Friday, September 30, 2016

Reading Period 5: September 30 - October 6: A Tale of Two Cities

Long Read: 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Book 3 Chapters 8-15

Short Read: 

"The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus," by Christopher Marlowe.
Read from the beginning to the second appearance of the chorus. This means reading Scene I-VI and then also Scene XIV, which is the last scene, and the most awesome. If you are moved to read the whole thing, do it! It's not that long.

At this link, you'll find an annotated version, broken up into scenes, from

At this link, you'll find an annotated version all on one page, from

Here's the final scene on stage:

And here's another cool video: Poet Dylan Thomas reading Dr. Faustus' death speech.

SPOILER ALERT: We will be reading this aloud in class. Thank you.

It is very important to look at the notes! There are lots of Latin phrases in this play, including the incantations! Also, there are lots of allusions and literary and historical references -- the notes will be helpful to you in figuring all this out. Also, make sure you are reading the correct play and not the play by Goethe. It's entirely different -- a very different ending, for example.

Creative Assignments: 

Take a look at three different representations of Mephistopheles in costume. Some designers make him look like a devil with horns and face paint. Some portray him as more human. Now pretend you are in charge of costumes for a production of Dr. Faustus. How will you dress Mephistopheles? List the elements of your costume that the actor will need to create your look, and do a sketch to illustrate your idea.

Writing Assignments: 

Dr. Faustus was a controversial play in its time. Pretend you are an Elizabethan audience member, and write an angry letter to the theater owner declaring that Marlowe's play is offensive. Then write a letter from the theater owner back to the complaining patron declaring that he/she is full of it.


This quiz covers the content of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe from the beginning up to the second time the chorus comes in. This excerpt is about 1/3 of the play, or scenes 1-6.

1.The chorus, at the beginning of the play, introduce Faustus as a character. What is his history?
A. Born a commoner, educated at Wittenberg, now a Doctor of Divinity, obsessed with necromancy.
B. Born a commoner, educated at Rhodes, now a medical doctor, obsessed with necromancy.
C. Born a nobleman, educated at Wittenberg, now a necromancer.
D. Born a nobleman, educated at Rhodes, now obsessed with human flight.
E. Born in Wittenberg, educated at Rhodes, now living in Tangiers.

2.What Greek myth is referenced in these lines from the chorus, and also in this painting by Herbert James Draper?

Till swoln with cunning, of a self-conceit,
His waxen wings did mount above his reach,
And, melting, heavens conspir'd his overthrow;

A. Troilus and Cressida
B. King Minas and the Minotaur
C. Icarus and Daedelus
D. Pasiphrae
E. Jatayu

3.What duo do you see in Dr. Faustus that you recognize from lots of modern cartoons and cultural references?
A. Mephistopheles and Lucifer
B. The Good Angel and the Bad Angel
C. Valdes and Cornelius
D. First Scholar and Second Scholar
E. Wagner and Clown

4.What book is Faustus reading when he says this: Si peccasse negamus, fallimur, et nulla est in nobis veritas; If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there is no truth in us. Why, then, belike we must sin, and so consequently die: Ay, we must die an everlasting death. What doctrine call you this, Che sera, sera, What will be, shall be? Divinity, adieu!
A. Aristotle
B. A necromancy book.
C. Plato
D. The Bible
E. Plutarch

5.Frustrated by Aristotle and the Bible, Faustus declares he wants to call up spirits to bring him things and answer all his questions. What all does he want them to do?
A. Tell him secrets of foreign kings.
B. Build a brass wall around Germany.
C. Bring him gold from India.
D. Dress public school students in silk.
E. All of the above.

6.Faustus sends for Valdes and Cornelius. What do they do?
A. Tell him not to seek unnatural knowledge.
B. Warn him about the dangers of calling up demons.
C. Beg him to teach them about his magical arts.
D. Try to save him from his fate.
E. Encourage him and instruct him in magic.

7.When Mephistopheles first appears, Dr. Faustus sends him away immediately. Why did he send the demon away?
A. He decided he didn't want to summon the demon after all.
B. He wanted a different demon.
C. He wanted the demon to change his appearance to something more becoming.
D. He was too terrified of the demon.
E. He wasn't ready to begin commanding the demon yet.

8.What does Mephistopheles say was the reason he came to Dr. Faustus?
A. Because he was endangering his soul by turning his back on godliness.
B. Because of the Latin incantations.
C. Because of the pentagram on the ground.
D. Because the name Jehovah was anagrammized forwards and backwards in a circle.
E. Because Lucifer told him to come.

9.What does Mephistopheles' answer to Faustus mean? FAUSTUS. How comes it, then, that thou art out of hell? MEPHIST. Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it: Think'st thou that I, that saw the face of God, And tasted the eternal joys of heaven, Am not tormented with ten thousand hells, In being depriv'd of everlasting bliss?
A. He is allowed out of hell when summoned by scientists.
B. He is currently in heaven, having never left.
C. Earth is a geographical feature of hell.
D. Having experienced heaven, anything else is hell.
E. He is only allowed out of hell to collect damned souls.

10.What adjective best describes the following passage from Dr. Faustus? Had I as many souls as there be stars, I'd give them all for Mephistophilis. By him I'll be great emperor of the world, And make a bridge thorough 37 the moving air, To pass the ocean with a band of men; I'll join the hills that bind the Afric shore, And make that country continent to Spain, And both contributary to my crown: The Emperor shall not live but by my leave, Nor any potentate of Germany.
A. Brave
B. Arrogant
C. Humble
D. Hopeful
E. Generous

11.How does Dr. Faustus sign the contract with Lucifer?
A. Blood from his arm.
B. Blood from his neck.
C. Ink from a chuch.
D. Ink from hell.
E. Ashes from the fireplace.

12.What is the first question Dr. Faustus asks Mephistopheles?
A. When will he die?
B. How did Lucifer fall?
C. Who is God?
D. Where is heaven?
E. Where is hell?

13.What did Faustus do that caused Lucifer to show up?
A. He offended Lucifer by calling on Christ.
B. He asked Mephistopheles too many questions.
C. He asked Mephistopheles who made the earth.
D. He called him forth with an incantation.
E. He said he was ready for his soul to be harvested.

14.What entertainment do Beelzebub and Lucifer being to pass the time with Faustus?
A. The ten plagues of Egypt.
B. The damned souls of Aristotle and Plato.
C. The seven deadly sins.
D. Dick and Robin.
E. Good angel and evil angel.


Please answer the comprehension questions from pages 209-242 of Rebecca Fraser's The Story of Britain. The questions are here. Write your answers into an email and sent it to me before 7pm on Friday, October 7, using the subject header History Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 5.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

King Arthur Restaged

One option for the creative assignment in Reading Period 3 was to read about the 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, and the illustrator Gustave Dore, and study the photographs and drawings that illustrated Tennyson's collection of poetry, Idylls of the King. The assignment then asked that students create an illustration of their own, or recreate a photograph. Here are the results.

The death of Elaine:

Photo by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1860s

Petra with an assist from Jayson

Here are some interpretations of the excerpt from Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Mallory, when Arthur gets his sword Excalibur: 

Illustration by Alfred Kappes, 1880


Sarah and Carrie collaboration.

Martina with charcoal.
Gerry with Lego.

Benny with Zelda sword.

Sarah utilizing weather conditions.

Jasper portraying Arthur wearing a paper crown, pulling a Nerf sword out of a sink full of water, while sporting a booty tooch with duckface.

My students make me so happy.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Reading Period 4: September 23-29: A Tale of Two Cities

Long Read

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Book 3 Chapters 1-7

Short Read

Utopia by Thomas More (Book 2) Read this excerpted version.


"The Faerie Queene" by Edmund Spenser (from Book 1, Canto 1)

You can read more about "The Faerie Queene" in your book, page 154-155, but definitely read this excerpt:

A Gentle Knight was pricking on the plaine,
Y cladd in mightie armes and silver shielde,
Wherein old dints of deepe wounds did remaine,
The cruell markes of many a bloudy fielde;
Yet armes till that time did he never wield:
His angry steede did chide his foming bitt,
As much disdayning to the curbe to yield:
Full jolly knight he seemd, and faire did sitt,
As one for knightly giusts and fierce encounters fitt.

But on his brest a bloudie Crosse he bore,
The deare remembrance of his dying Lord,
For whose sweete sake that glorious badge he wore,
And dead as living ever him ador'd:
Upon his shield the like was also scor'd,
For soveraine hope, which in his helpe he had:
Right faithfull true he was in deede and word,
But of his cheere did seeme too solemne sad;
Yet nothing did he dread, but ever was ydrad.

Upon a great adventure he was bond,
That greatest Gloriana to him gave,
That greatest Glorious Queene of Faerie lond,
To winne him worship, and her grace to have,
Which of all earthly things he most did crave;
And ever as he rode, his hart did earne
To prove his puissance in battell brave
Upon his foe, and his new force to learne;
Upon his foe, a Dragon horrible and stearne.

A lovely Ladie rode him faire beside,
Upon a lowly Asse more white then snow,
Yet she much whiter, but the same did hide
Under a vele, that wimpled was full low,
And over all a blacke stole she did throw,
As one that inly mournd: so was she sad,
And heavie sat upon her palfrey slow;
Seemed in heart some hidden care she had,
And by her in a line a milke white lambe she lad.

So pure an innocent, as that same lambe,
She was in life and every vertuous lore,
And by descent from Royall lynage came
Of ancient Kings and Queenes, that had of yore
Their scepters stretcht from East to Westerne shore,
And all the world in their subjection held;
Till that infernall feend with foule uprore
Forwasted all their land, and them expeld:
Whom to avenge, she had this Knight from far compeld.

Behind her farre away a Dwarfe did lag,
That lasie seemd in being ever last,
Or wearied with bearing of her bag
Of needments at his backe. Thus as they past,
The day with cloudes was suddeine overcast,
And angry Jove an hideous storme of raine
Did poure into his Lemans lap so fast,
That every wight to shrowd it did constrain,
And this faire couple eke to shroud themselves were fain.

You must watch this awesome homemade short film of Book 1, Canto 1, for the sheer cheesiness of it all:


More Poetry:

"Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe (p. 162) and
"The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" by Walter Raleigh (p. 162)

Creative Assignments

After reading the excepts from Utopia by Thomas More, put together your own thoughts on the concept of a perfect society, contained on an island. You may choose to draw a map as an illustration, but you must also write an essay of at least 250 words describing the way your "Utopian" society works. Try to hit on some of the same ideas that More thought about -- marriage, religion, government, laws, travel, commerce, etc.


Rewrite the poems "Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" as a modern conversation, taking place over Facebook chat or Skype chat or Snap chat or some kind of chat. Use emojis. Use selfies. Use hashtags. Entertain us.

Writing Assignments

Edmund Spenser wrote a letter to Sir Walter Raleigh defending and explaining his poem, The Faerie Queene, which was meant as an allegory to glorify Queen Elizabeth. Here’s the beginning of it. Do your best to paraphrase what he is saying here, in 250 words. Now see if you can summarize the gist of it in one phrase, and make this phrase the title of your essay.
Sir knowing how doubtfully all Allegories may be construed, and this booke of mine, which I have entituled the Faery Queene, being a continued Allegory, or darke conceit, I haue thought good aswell for auoyding of gealous opinions and misco[n]structions, as also for your better light in reading thereof, (being so by you commanded) to discouer vnto you the general intention and meaning, which in the whole course thereof I haue fashioned, without expressing of any particular purposes or by accidents therein occasioned. The generall end therefore of all the booke is to fashion a gentleman or noble person in vertuous and gentle discipline: Which for that I conceiued shoulde be most plausible and pleasing, being coloured with an historicall fiction, the which the most part of men delight to read, rather for variety of matter, then for profite of the ensample: I chose the historye of king Arthure, as most fitte for the excellency of his person being made famous by many mens former workes, and also furthest from the daunger of enuy, and suspition of present time. In which I haue followed all the antique Poets historicall, first Homere, who in the Persons of Agamemnon and Vlysses hath ensampled a good gouernour and a vertuous man, the one in his Ilias, the other in his Odysseis: then Virgil, whose like intention was to doe in the person of Aeneas: after him Ariosto comprised them both in his Orlando: and lately Tasso disseuered them againe, and formed both parts in two persons, namely that part which they in Philosophy call Ethice, or vertues of a priuate man, coloured in his Rinaldo: The other named Politice in his Godfredo. By ensample of which excellente Poets, I labour to pourtraict in Arthure, before he was king, the image of a braue knight, perfected in the twelue morall vertues, as Aristotle hath deuised, the which is the purpose of these first twelue bookes: which if I finde to be well accepted, I may be perhaps encoraged, to frame the other part of polliticke vertues in his person, after that hee came to be king. To some I know this Methode will seeme displeasaunt, which had rather haue good discipline deliuered plainly in way of precepts, or sermoned at large, as they vse, then thus clowdily enrapped in Allegoricall deuises. But such, me seeme, should be satisfide with the vse of these dayes seeing all things accounted by their showes, and nothing esteemed of, that is not delightfull and pleasing to commune sence.


Read the section called "The Renaissance" in the textbook (pp. 127-148). The questions are the same as those in the box marked "Review" on page 148. Email me your answers with the subject header Quiz Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 4.

1.Why was the Renaissance late coming to England?
 A. Confusion over the lack of a strong national language.
 B. Political unrest due to battling dynasties.
 C. Distance from Florence, Italy, where the Renaissance started.
 D. Devout religious leaders made Humanism illegal.
 E. Sir Thomas More opposed the spread of Renaissance ideas.

2.Who were the humanists? Choose all that apply.   (Choose all that Apply)
 A. Sir Thomas More, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Henry Howard
 B. Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor
 C. Henry Tudor, King Richard, Opus Lancaster
 D. Lorenzo De Medici, Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo
 E. People who emphasized the achievements of humans, rather than the importance of God.

3.What literary work is considered the first masterpiece of the English Renaissance?
 A. Spenser's The Faerie Queen
 B. Shakespeare's Macbeth
 C. More's Utopia
 D. Luther's 95 Theses
 E. The Spanish Armada

4.Why did Henry VIII break with the Roman Catholic church?
 A. He wanted to establish his own national religion.
 B. His first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was a Catholic.
 C. He supported the Protestant Reformation.
 D. He wanted a divorce, and the Pope wouldn't give him one.
 E. Because the previous dynasty had been Catholic.

5.What were the interludes?
 A. Plays with non-religious plots and characters.
 B. Intermission puppet shows during performances of Elizabethan dramas.
 C. Plays with religious plots and characters.
 D. Recitations of poetry performed in public markets.
 E. Periods of time where people were more concerned with politics than literature.

6.In the Elizabethan idea of The Great Chain of Being, what position did humans occupy?
 A. At the bottom.
 B. Among the angels.
 C. Among the animals.
 D. At the top.
 E. At the middle.

7.What was the Protectorate?
 A. Charles I's court in hiding from Parliament at Nottingham.
 B. A military dictatorship established by the Parliament after executing King Charles.
 C. Oliver Cromwell's attempt to save Charles I from beheading.
 D. Charles II's government in exile in Paris.
 E. A refuge for poets and artists to escape the dangers of war.

8.What political event does the term Restoration refer to?
 A. The restoration of democracy as Parliament was given power over the government.
 B. The restoration of theatrical performances after the theaters were closed during the Protectorate.
 C. The restoration of Queen Elizabeth's daughter to the throne of England.
 D. The restoration of the palace after it had been destroyed in the war.
 E. The restoration of the monarchy as Charles II was crowned King.

9.What were the two major styles of early seventeenth-century poetry in England?
 A. Classical and Conservative.
 B. Physical and Metaphysical.
 C. Metaphysical and Philosophical.
 D. Metaphysical and Classical.
 E. Jacobean and Elizabethan.

10.What was the most influential prose work to come out of the seventeenth century?
 A. The King James Version of the Holy Bible.
 B. The Anatomy of Melancholy by Burton
 C. Hydrotaphia by Browne
 D. Paradise Lost by Milton
 E. Pilgrim's Progress by Bunyan


Answer the questions from page 169-206 of The Story of Britain by Rebecca Fraser. Here are the questions. Email me your answers by 7pm, Friday Sept 30. Please use subject header History Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 4.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Reading Period 3: September 16-22: A Tale of Two Cities

Meetings: September 20, 22
Due Dates:
Quiz is due September 19, 7pm
Assignments are due September 21, 7pm
History is due September 23, 7pm

Long Read: 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Book 2 chapters 13-24

Short Reads:

The Canterbury Tales Excerpted, by Geoffrey Chaucer. Intro and excerpt in Textbook. (Here it is read in Middle English.) Pp 55-87

"Gawain and the Green Knight," by Unknown. Intro and excerpt in Textbook. (Here's an animated version, which is pretty cool.) Pp 89-96

Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory. Intro and excerpt in Textbook. Pp 97-103.

Creative Assignments:
The Lady of the Lake offering Arthur Excalibur
by Alfred Kappes (1880)

Choose one of the following options and post your work to the Google+ Community. Option 1: Julia Margaret Cameron was an art photographer who lived and worked in the mid-1800s. She was commissioned by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to create photographs to illustrate his Idylls of the King, a collection of 12 poems with an Arthurian theme. She also took photographs of Tennyson himself. Go to this web site and read an article about Julia Margaret Cameron's techniques and the materials she worked with. Look at her illustrations of Merlin and VivienParting of Sir Lancelot and Queen GuinevereKing Arthur, and Lady Elaine. Now take a look at this more famous collection of illustrations by Gustave Dore, created for the same set of poems. Now create your own illustration of the episode in the excerpt of Le Morte D'Arthur that you read, where Arthur gets his sword. If you like, you can stage a photograph!


Option 2: Chapter 21-23 describe the violent uprising of the French Revolution. After reading these words, particularly about the burning of the Chateau, the storming of the Bastille, and the cries for vengeance on Foulon, write two poems. One, a revolutionary poem encouraging the uprising, the violence, the forward surge of the people. The other a sad poem, regretting the ruin, the fear, the violence. Maybe the first would be something Madame Defarge would write, and the second might be written by Gabelle as he hid, afraid. Here's the trick: Neither of these poems should be obviously about the French Revolution. Don't mention the chateaux, or the Bastille, or anything specific that will give your topic away. Just try to capture the emotion in your poetry.

Writing Assignments:

Option 1: Write a short essay describing the different origin stories for the character of Merlin the Magician. Find out about Myrddin Wyllt. Check out Geoffrey of Monmouth's Vita Merlini. Read about King Vortigern and the two dragons. Find out who Ambrosius Aurelianus was. Your 250 word essay should compare at least two of these possible origins of the story. At the end of your essay, include links to  your sources, and if you quote directly from any of these, use quotation marks and give a citation. 


Option 2: Lucie Manette has three potential suitors before her marriage: Charles Darnay, a French teacher (and secretly a Marquis); Stryver, a barrister who works at the Old Bailey (the court); and Sydney Carton, Stryver's assistant. Each of these men presents a certain face and behavior to the world, and has an inner life that's a bit less obvious. Write a short essay describing Lucie's suitors as they have appeared up to chapter 24 in the novel. Include an introduction and a conclusion, and one short paragraph for each man. In your conclusion, consider the question: which one was the best choice to be her husband? How did you decide? On what evaluation do you believe Lucie makes her choice?


Another interesting comparison at this stage in the novel is between two couples: Mr. and Mrs. Crutcher and M. and Mme. Defarge. Write a 250 word essay comparing several aspects of their relationship: how their beliefs coincide, what they share of the work load, how they treat each other, how they speak to each other, their role in each other's lives, etc. Which marriage would you say is stronger and why? Which husband is "better" by our modern standards? And what are those criteria, by which we judge a relationship?  


Note: This quiz has fancy buttons that do nothing. You will still need to email your answers. Please use the subject header Quiz Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 3.

1.Which of these jobs did Chaucer do in his lifetime? Choose all that apply.   (Choose all that Apply)
A.Foreign diplomat.
C.Justice of the Peace.
D.Clerk of the Works at the Tower of London.
E.Sub-forester of the king's forests.
F.Horse trainer to the Duke of Lancaster.

2.Which language was mostly spoken among the upper class in Chaucer's day? (Hint: This was due to the Norman invasion.)   

3.What is the framing story for Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales"?   
A.People making a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral.
B.The murder of Thomas a Becket.
C.Citizens escape from the plague in the city of Canterbury.
D.Applicants are interviewed for jobs in Canterbury.

4.Which character is pictured here?   

A.The Knight
B.The Prioress
C.Chaucer himself
D.The Squire

5.Which character is pictured here?   
A.The Merchant
B.The Monk
C.The Nun's Priest
D.The Clerk of Oxford
E.The Friar

6.Whose shrine are the pilgrims visiting at Canterbury?   
A.Thomas a Becket.
B.Alfred the Great.
C.William the Conqueror.
D.Geoffrey Chaucer.
E.Phillip Mountbatten.

7.Which pilgrim is particularly concerned with table manners?   
A.The Pardoner
B.The Merchant
C.The Prioress.
D.The Yeoman

8.Which pilgrim has a natural gift for begging?   
A.The Physician
B.The Shipman
C.The Cook
D.The Friar
E.The Parson

9.What is a reeve, according to Chaucer's description?   
A.An estate manager.
B.A seller of pardons from the Pope in Rome.
C.Someone who summons sinners to a church to be judged for their sins.
D.The person who purchases food for a church, court, or college.
E.A ditch digger.

10.Explain what is meant by lines 731-748. Which of the following sentences correctly paraphrases Chaucer's meaning?   
A.I apologize for how rude some of these tales are going to be.
B.These tales are not rude; they're honest stories from real people.
C.Don't blame me if the tales are rude; I'm only retelling them as exactly as possible.
D.I'm making up these tales myself, and am solely responsible for the contents.

11.What is the genre of the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?   
A.War epic.
B.Medieval romance.
C.Folk ballad.
D.Morality poem.

1 pts.
Each stanza (or strophe) of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ends with a short line followed by four rhyming lines, illustrated here with lines 37-59. What do you call the last five lines here?   
A.Skip and purple.
B.Bob and wheel.
E.Frisk and whistle.

1 pts.
Why was the Green Knight testing Gawain?   
A.To see if he was as honorable as Arthur.
B.Gawain was rumored to be invincible.
C.His green girdle was stolen.
D.Gawain kissed the Green Knight's wife.

14.Where was Thomas Malory when he wrote Morte D'Arthur (Death of Arthur)?   
A.In the hospital
B.In Camelot.
C.In France.
D.In jail.
E.On a boat.

15.What change came over Arthur and his knights between their stories' origin and the writing of Morte D'Arthur?   
A.They greatly decreased in number as tales were lost to time.
B.They went from sitting in a Viking meeting hall at a long table to sitting in a castle around a round table.
C.They went from being commoners to nobles.
D.They went from being religious and pious to being bloodthirsty killers.
E.They went from being rough heroes like Beowulf to being romantic figures of chivalry.


Watch the following BBC Documentary about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Email me your answers by 7pm, Friday Sept 23. Please use subject header History Zombie Hotsauce Reading Period 3.

1. The narrator of this documentary is himself a poet. He says the ancient Brits were “causing trouble and tormenting turbulent times.” This line is an example of what poetic device?
2. What is the Green Knight’s challenge to the knights of King Arthur’s court?
3. Armitage speculates that the “giants” hard on Gawain’s heels might have been a metaphor for what?
4. Where does the village of Holywell get its name?
(You can find out more about this here ( and actually follow St. Winefride’s well on Twitter.)
5. What experience does the Green Knight share with St. Winefrides, that leads Armitage to believe her story may have inspired the idea of the Green Knight's challenge?
6. Gawain may have found shelter at Beeston Castle, overlooking the Cheshire plain. It’s now an English Heritage Site. Find a picture of it on the internet and give the link as your answer.
7. While Lady Bertilak is attempting to seduce Gawain in the castle, what is Lord Bertilak out doing?
8. What does Lady Bertilak give to Gawain?
9. What natural landmark is mentioned in the poem that allows modern scholars to place it exactly in a particular valley in England?
(Hint: Here’s a page that gives a climber’s guide to exploring the region, including a photo or Rockhall Cottage, where Simon Armitage stayed overnight, and Lud’s Church where the chapel is thought to be.
10. How many times does the Green Knight hack at Gawain’s neck?
BONUS: What do you think of the rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack of this documentary? It’s a little different from the harps and flutes and “medievally” music you might expect. Do you think it works?