Friday, March 3, 2017

Reading Period 20: March 3 - 9: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, March 6
Assignments: Wednesday, March 8

Long Read: Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Phase 6 and 7

Short Read: 

In your textbook, 670-671.
Read Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. Yes, you must read ALL of it. It is that amazing.
Listen to this BBC podcast, "In Our Time," featuring a discussion of Christina Rossetti.
Flip through this gallery of Dante Rossetti's artwork at the Tate Gallery.

Creative Assignments:

Tell the plot of Tess of the D'Urbervilles via Angel Clare's or Alec D'Urberville's Facebook status updates. Can include random postings of anguish or delight that these characters might share, but also relationship status changes, life events including new jobs or change of address, etc. Must include at least 10 different posts. If you want to do both characters, to show more of the plot, that's awesome. If you want to create a fake FB account, that is also awesome.


Goblin Market!
Watch this clip from the BBC show "The Love School," in which Dante Gabriel Rossetti reads a poem he's written to Lizzie Siddal. Write a poem, using the same rhyme scheme as Rossetti's poem "Silent Noon," on page 670, in which you describe something or someone you find beautiful.

Writing Assignments:

Read this article at the Metropolitan Museum of Art web site. Who were the Pre-Raphaelites? What did they want, and what did they NOT want? Who did they respect, and who did they disdain? What were the characteristics of their work? Write 250 words about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, of which Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a founding member, and reference at least one of Rossetti's paintings as an example. 


Write a 500 word literary essay on symbolism in Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Hardy uses symbolism in several different ways in the book -- color symbolism, symbolism for foreshadowing, and symbols to illustrate the characters. Focus particularly on one of these choices, and write a well-constructed essay about Hardy's symbols as they appear in the novel, how they're used, and what they mean. If you are prepping for the AP Literature and Composition exam, you must choose this option. 


To complete this quiz, you may need to also do some research online. Take a look at Dante Rossetti's Wikipedia page and Christina Rossetti's Wikipedia page.

1. Dante Rossetti was not only a poet, he was also a ___________.
2. In what ways did Dante Rossetti's two art forms intersect and overlap?
3. What "brotherhood" did Dante Rossetti found and what was the significance of the name?
4. How did Dante Rossetti meet his wife and what was her name? Why has she been called the original supermodel?
5. What dramatic act did Dante Rossetti engage in when his wife died, that he later took back?
6. What animal was Rossetti particularly fascinated by?
7. Dante Rossetti was addicted to chloral. What is it and how is it administered?
8. Take a look at Dante Rossetti's illustration for Christina Rossetti's poem, Goblin Market: ( Write down five observations about this illustration.
9. What was the St. Mary Magdalene "house of charity" where Christina Rossetti worked? How did that place possibly inspire her work?
10. What popular Christmas carol did Christina Rossetti write?

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