English 205 -- Fall 2013
Washington State University
"THINK, AND DIE"
I. IDENTIFICATIONS. [Total 26 points].
You know, maybe match Column A with Column B; or identify the patron saint of shoemakers; or who had "salad days" -- that kind of question, only a bit harder. These "household cates" will be inflicted individually and intracerebrally during the scheduled class period. Put on your thinking caps and press the "Fry" button. You are wished "joy o' th' worm."
II. QUOTATIONS. [Total 50 points].
A combination of identification and, more importantly, significance questions will follow quotations from the three plays and other relevant materials, extracted for their representativeness of our discussions over key points during these first 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 plays and from our interactions in class. If you have read the plays closely and paid attention in class, only a close review of notes is necessary for preparation; my web notes may be of use also. Otherwise, woe to thee, gleeking dog-hearted knave.
III. TAKE-HOME ESSAY. [Total 24 points].
DO THIS PART NOW! Answer the following question thoroughly and precisely. The essay should be a virtuoso piece of brilliance manifested in impressive eloquence, with facile reference to specifics from the Shakespearean texts, rather than just "Words, words, words." The essay is due as a hardcopy in class on exam day -- Friday, October 4th, 10:10 am -- to accompany the other in-class components of the exam.Select a short quotation from one of the plays we've read together, and avoid the obvious well-known examples. Then discuss the relevance, importance, or brilliance of this quotation in relation to all three plays so far -- and also beyond the realm of Shakespeare, in terms of either your personal experience or your worldview. Aim for about a minimum of three (3) pages double-spaced.For more 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.
The essay is due on exam day to accompany the other in-class components of the test -- will ye, nill ye.
Identify the character or thing referred to (underlined) in the following.
"Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home,
And so am come abroad to see the world."
"The triple pillar of the world transformed into a strumpet's fool."
"but why wear you your leek today?
Saint Davy's day is past.""
"When France is mine and I am yours,
then yours is France and you are mine."
Answer completely but concisely the following.
"I wish you joy o' th' worm."
Identify the play and what is happening in the scene.
How do "anti-Stratfordians" explain Shakespeare's use of the oddly archaic term for "serpent" here?
"Dost thou love pictures? ...
We'll show thee Io as she was a maid, ...
Or Daphne roaming through a thorny wood."
Who is being questioned here, and how are these particular pictures relevant to a larger thematic concern in the play?
"He [the Devil] might return to vasty Tartar [classical Hell] back,
And tell the legions, 'I can never win
A soul so easy as that Englishman's."
So one character insults another's supposed evil. Who is the speaker, and what might Shakespeare discreetly be saying beyond this moment concerning the reception of this play among the general English audience?