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Homework for the Week of 10/13

  • "Midterm" that covers Beowulf, Gawain, and the "Prologue" to the Canterbury Tales on Wednesday, 10/15.    You may use your PERSONAL HANDWRITTEN notes FROM CLASS only.  NO COMPILING NOTES FROM A SINGLE SOURCE!   AND NO HANDOUTS!!  The test will cover poetic form (e.g., the characteristics of Anglo-Saxon poetry), history (e.g., English language, the heptarchy, Becket), culture (e.g., scop, significance of the pentangle, the Aberdeen Bestiary), and general textual significance (e.g., Who are the idealized characters in Chaucer's Prologue?)

Homework for the Week of 10/6

  • Consider Professor Jackson's questions:   Is what the Green Knight did for Gawain at the end of the poem an act of charity?  Is what Gawain did at Camelot a violation of chivalry?  Pity?  Fellowship?  Is this all truly a game?  Does Morgan LeFay win at the end?  Does she hurt Camelot's pride?  Is the Green Knight a better knight than Gawain?  By the end of the poem, Gawain's symbol has shifted from the pentangle to the green girdle -- is the girdle a symbol of penitence?  Pride?  Brotherhood?  I AM NOT ASKING YOU TO ANSWER EACH INDIVIDUAL QUESTION; but, rather, think about these questions and then write your opinion about the poem's moral purpose.  What is the poem suggesting about chivalry and the chivalric code?  You may use any of the above questions as an entry point.  Think of this paper as your professorial lecture -- and you know how Mrs. Violette loves a good university lecture!  Please type (single-space) your response and support your assertions with text -- but don't worry about MLA citation.  Length:  750 - 1000 words.  Due:  Tuesday, 10/7.

Homework for the Week of 9/29

  • Read Part (stanzas 1 - 17) of Gawain and the Green Knight (lines 1 - 490) for Monday, 9/29.  This poem can be found at various sites including:   http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/English/GawainAndTheGreenKnight.htm or any others that keep the verse structure ("bob and wheel").  
  • Read lines 536 - 810.  Annotate stanza 28 or lines 620 - 669 for all the "fives" -- meaning, in this case, notice all the "fives" -- for Tuesday, 9/30. 
  • Read Fitt 3 through stanza 56 (up to hunt #2) for Wednesday, 10/1.
  • Write down the main characteristics of each bedroom scene and each hunt -- where are the parallels?  Are the parallels linear or circular?  Does Gawain fail in any of the "fives"?  Which?  Please be ready to discuss your findings on Thursday, 10/2.  (And if you impress me with your hard work, we might watch some more of that related video . . . :)  )
  • Read Fitt 4 for Friday, 10/3.

Homework for the Week of 9/22

  •  We will be examining the college application essay this week, so gather your prompt(s)!
  • College Application Essay:  You will be turning in a rough draft that I will edit; to receive the 50 points, be sure to complete a final draft and turn in by January 12. (Include the prompt and the date you would like the essay back.)

Homework for the Week of 9/15

  • Read through fit 12 for Monday, 9/15.
  • Read fit 13 - 18 for Tius day, 9/16.
  • Beginning of Tuesday/Thursday "Author Bio's": the "Author-Bio" project requirements: PICTURE OF AUTHOR; NAME OF AUTHOR; DATE OF BIRTH/DEATH; FAMOUS WORKS, GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE (i.e., wrote the 1st dictionary; started a literary movement, etc.) ; NOTORIOUS FACTS or SCANDALOUS STORY.
  • QUICK RESEARCH: Look up the account of King Alfred, Guthrum, and the Twelfth Night raid. Write down any parallels you see between this historical event and the story of Beowulf. Due Tius day, 9/16.
  • Read fit 19 - 26 for Woden's day, 9/17.
  • Read fit 27 - 34 for Thors' day, 9/18.
  • Read fit 35 - 43 for Freya's day, 9/19.

Homework for the Week of 9/8

  • Read "The Wife's Lament"; what can you conclude about Anglo-Saxon culture & society based on this poem?  Write your conclusions on the handout.  Be ready to discuss your ideas on Monday, 9/8.
  • HOMEWORK: Based on your reading of "The Wrath of Grendel," draw/paint/create a depiction of the monster.  Choose THREE  details – CONCRETE DETAILS – (from the excerpt) that you think are the most significant and write the quotations on your poster.  Be ready to explain why those details make Grendel particularly monstrous.  Let the text guide your imagination!  Due Tuesday, 9/9.
  • Read the "Prologue" of Beowulf at least twice for Thursday, 9/10.