English 205 -- Fall 2015
Washington State University -- Delahoyde
This exam focuses on the plays Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, and Antony and Cleopatra, plus some material from the authorship controversy and Shakespeare basics.
I. IDENTIFICATIONS. [Total 26 points.]
You know, maybe match Column A with Column B; or identify the character who shouts, "Goats and monkeys!" -- that kind of question, only a bit harder. These cates will be inflicted individually and intracerebrally during the scheduled class period: Friday, October 9th, and you will be wished the joy of the worm.
II. QUOTATIONS. [Total 50 points; answer 10 for 5 points each.]
A combination of identification and, more importantly, significance questions will follow quotations from the first works of the semester extracted for their representativeness of our discussions over key points these 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 read the plays and paid attention in class, only a close review of notes is necessary for preparation. My website notes may be of use also. Otherwise, woe to thee, gleeking onion-eyed knave.
III. TAKE-HOME ESSAY. [Total 24 points.]
Answer the following question thoroughly and precisely, and shoot for about three (3) pages, double-spaced. This 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."These essays are due at the start of class on exam day:What's new? That is, describe your frame of mind about Shakespeare and your expectations about a university Shakespeare course before this semester began (or, if you had taken English 305 or 306, then maybe before that class). What facet of Shakespeare, emerging since the start of this semester, has changed or modified your prior impression of this field of study, and what is the significance of this experience? I'm not looking for an early course evaluation here, nor flattery, but rather a reflective moment on the critical thinking component of this portion of your educational experience at WSU while it is, ideally, still happening.