Middle Ages Exam Preparation –
Choose one of the prompts below for your response
Additionally, to prepare for the Middle Ages Exam, try towork through each of the prompts on your own as you read. The exam will be a selection of thesequestions and compare and contrast questions of these assigned readings.
Use the Paragraph Template in the Research Assignment moduleto answer these questions. Your testanswers will be graded on the focus, development, support, and understanding ofthe concepts in the paragraph you compose. If you are missing parts of the question requirements, you will losepoints. For example, if you do not quotethe poem and/or the text in your answer, points will be subtracted.
Compose a well-developed paragraph: see paragraph templateon homepage.
1. Explain how thewanderer in “The Wanderer” expresses his sorrow for his lost paganculture and if the wanderer would accept the narrator’s conclusion “helpfrom our Father in heaven where a fortress stands for us all” (113). Quote the poem and the Anglo-Saxon Literatureintroduction section to support your answer.
2. Explain how “The Dream of the Rood” expressesironies of the pagan heroic code of vengeance and the Christian morality offorgiveness. Quote the poem and theAnglo-Saxon Literature introduction section to support your answer.
3. Explain how two examples from Beowulf express how theauthor was “fascinated by the distant culture of their pagan ancestors andby the inherent conflict between the heroic code and a religion that teachesthat we should ‘forgive those who trespass against us’ and that ‘all they thattake the sword shall perish with the sword’” (9). Quote the poem and the Anglo-Saxon Literatureintroduction section to support your answer.
4. Explain howBeowulf, the character, represents a hero that shows the “Anglo-Saxonsadapted themselves readily to the ideals of Christianity, they did not do sowithout adapting Christianity to their own heroic ideal” (9). Quote the poem and the Anglo-Saxon Literatureintroduction section to support your answer.
5. Explain how thebedroom scenes in the castle and the girdle are a test of Sir Gawain’schivalry, “in which knightly adventures are a means of exploringpsychological and ethical dilemmas that the knights must solve, in addition todisplaying martial prowess in saving ladies from monsters, giants, and wickedknights” (12). Quote the poem tosupport your answer.
6. Explain how thepentangle (155) signifies the intersection of spiritual faith and physicalcourage for Sir Gawain. Quote the poemto support your answer.
7. Explain how two examples from the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” (257-266)challenge the chivalric traditions for women and knights. Quote the poem and the Anglo-Norman LiteratureIntroduction Section to support your answer.