Friday, February 10, 2017

Reading Period 17: February 10-16: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Angel v. Alec
Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Feb 13
Assignments: Wednesday, Feb 15
No History

 Long Read:

Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Phase 2 and 3, "Maiden No More" and "The Rally," chapters 12-24.

Short Read: 

Read the selection about the Victorian Age and also the textbook's section on Alfred, Lord Tennyson. In total, pages 599-637.

Creative Assignments:

Create an illustration of the opening lines of Tennyson's poem "Mariana" using any medium you choose.

With blackest moss the flower-plots
Were thickly crusted, one and all;
The rusted nails fell from the knots
That held the pear to the gable wall.
The broken sheds looked sad and strange:
Unlifted was the clinking latch;
Weeded and worn the ancient thatch
Upon the lonely moated grange.

The poem is inspired by a line and character from Shakespeare's play Measure for Measure: "Mariana in the moated grange." You may want to look up "grange" and also find out what a thatched roof might look like. Here's a link to the full poem to inspire and inform you.


Create an illustration of this passage from Tess of the D'Urbervilles using any medium you choose:

The outskirt of the garden in which Tess found herself had been left uncultivated for some years, and was now damp and rank with juicy grass which sent up mists of pollen at a touch; and with tall blooming weeds emitting offensive smells—weeds whose red and yellow and purple hues formed a polychrome as dazzling as that of cultivated flowers. She went stealthily as a cat through this profusion of growth, gathering cuckoo-spittle on her skirts, cracking snails that were underfoot, staining her hands with thistle-milk and slug-slime, and rubbing off upon her naked arms sticky blights which, though snow-white on the apple-tree trunks, made madder stains on her skin; thus she drew quite near to Clare, still unobserved of him.

Forget Joan Durbeyfield and Tess's ridiculous father. After you have read the section titled, "Maiden No More," pretend you are Tess's parent and write a letter to Alec D'Urberville's mother. Explain what Tess has been going through and make whatever demands or recriminations you feel are appropriate. Don't worry about Victorian ideas. Let the full force of your 2017 sense of fairness and morality flow.

Writing Assignments:

Write a prose version of the poem "The Lady of Shallott" in 300 words.


Read the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Tennyson. Here's the full text of the poem. The topic of this poem is the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. Write 300 words on the Crimean War -- who was involved, what was being disputed, how long did it last, and who were the victors? Make mention of the Battle of Balaclava and address the facts referenced in the poem, to give some historical context for this work. Now, here's how I'd like you to do your research: Go to YouTube and look for videos on the Crimean War. Evaluate each one for reliability, choose one, use it as a resource for your essay, and post a link to it at the bottom of your assignment. After you've posted, check to see if others used the same video, and discuss the reasons for their and  your selection in the comments.


This quiz covers the section in your textbook on the Victorian Age:

1. What was the significance of the First Reform Bill in 1832?
2. What hardships were imposed upon the lower classes by the Corn Laws?
3. What was the purpose of the Great Exhibition of 1851?
4. Which political Party came to represent the interests of the affluent middle class?
5. What law extended the vote to most members of the working class?
6. How did Evangelicalism and Utilitarianism heighten awareness of conditions among the working poor?
7. Which two writers argued forcefully for the moral and spiritual value of literature?
8. Which writer recognized that ideals of individual freedom had to include women as well as men?
9. Which two Victorian poets are associated with stylistic experiments?
10. Why was the novel so well suited to the expression of Victorian sensibility?

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