Michael Delahoyde
Washington State University

MEDIEVAL EXAM 1:
LE NEF

I. IDENTIFICATIONS. [Total 26 points.]

Maybe match Column A with Column B; or identify the character who says, "I woke to find myself in a dark wood"; or identify the author of The Art of Courtly Love -- that kind of question, only a bit harder. These questions will be inflicted individually and intracerebrally during the scheduled class period. Put on your thinking tonsures and hope you find favor with Beatrice, abject sinners!

II. QUOTATIONS. [Total 50 points; 5 points each.]

A combination of identification and significance questions will follow quotations from the literature, musical excerpts, and images from the other relevant materials selected for their representativeness of our discussions on key points during these first many weeks. This is not trivial pursuit, and I derive no glee from stumping you; but you do need to recognize key ideas and moments from the works and from our class interactions. If you have spent time with the material and paid attention in class, only a close review of notes is necessary for preparation. Otherwise, comparatively, Inferno will seem like an Alaskan cruise.

III. TAKE-HOME ESSAY. [Total 24 points.]

Do this first! Answer the following thoroughly and precisely, and shoot for about three (3) pages, double-spaced. The essay should be a virtuoso piece of brilliance manifested in impressive eloquence, with facile reference to specifics from the medieval materials, properly documented.

What the heck good are the medieval arts and humanities to someone living in the United States in 2013?

[Beware inauthentic fake answers. Don't make me remind you that this is not a history class. And if you assert that we get a better sense of the times and its people, then the new question is simply, and in turn, so what good is that?]


The essay is due at in class on exam day to accompany the other in-class components of the exam.

For advice on writing a sterling essay and avoiding common pitfalls, see here: Essay Advice.
For a list of stylistic and phrasing taboos, see here: Crap Writing.


BIG DAY: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 2013; 1:10 PM


SAMPLE QUESTIONS

IDENTIFICATIONS
Identify the character or thing referred to (underlined) in the following.

"Strong foes seized me there, hewed me to the shape they wished to see, commanded me to lift their criminals."

                                                  _________________________________

"The boy colored, and love of the maiden entered into every limb of him, although he had never seen her."

                                                  _________________________________

"You are my master and my author;
you alone are the one from whom I took
the style which has done me honor."

                                                  _________________________________

"I was told to live in an earth-cave
beneath an oak tree amid the forest."

                                                  _________________________________


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QUOTATIONS
Answer completely but concisely the following.

"And every day I look forward to when the Lord's Cross that I beheld here on earth will fetch me from this short life and bring me then where joy is great, delight in the heavens, where the Lord's folk are seated at the feast, where bliss is eternal."
Identify the source. How are the poet's cultural values blended here with the often clashing system of Christianity?


"To make the stuffing, take mutton, veal, pork, and the dark meat of chicken, all raw, and chop them up. Pound them in a mortar with raw eggs, good rich cheese, good spice powder, a little saffron, and salt to taste. Fill the chicken and truss the hole."

What book is this from?
How does this recipe illustrate that the diet of the wealthier members of medieval society was mortally inferior to that of the peasants?


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