Exercise on Early Greek Philosophers, Chaucer’s “Pardoner’s Prologue” and “Pardoner’s Tale,” and Montaigne’s Essay “Of Cannibals”
All of your answers can be found in Lecture Ten on the early Greek Philosophers, Chaucer’s “Pardoner’s Prologue” and “Pardoner’s Tale” and Michel de Montaigne’s “Of Cannibals,” plus the texts and introductions for those works in your anthology. I advise you not to turn to the Internet first, as you may not get the answer you need. Any errors in title form, quotation or parenthetical reference in your answers will cost you ½ point each. You do not have to cite (quote and provide a parenthetical reference) for any answer unless I specifically direct you to do so. It is in your best interest to give a brief and clear answer. If you provide irrelevant information, I cannot determine if you understand the point on which I’m examining you, and you may receive little or no credit.
This is due Tuesday, March 7, noon, CDT. It will be docked five points for each hour or part of an hour late. Type in your answers on this exercise, save the document (it would help me if you’d put your last name at the beginning of the document name), and send it back from your Troy email address as an attachment. I will confirm receipt as quickly as I am able.
Two Points Each
- In what continent did the cannibals live that Montaigne writes about?
- Explain briefly who St. Helen (died ca. 328 C.E.) was and provide a parenthetical reference for where she appeared in your reading.
- In which work did you run across a reference to a famous battle between Spartans and Persians at a peninsula in Greece called Thermopylae?
- What would an ancient Greek say was missing from the name of the 1970s funk band “Earth, Wind and Fire”?
- Which one of your readings treats, let’s call it, a laundry problem with someone’s underwear?
- About what time of the day was “prime” time in the fourteenth century?
- With what writer did you encounter Clement of Alexandria?
- What writer uses Flemish characters?
- What work do you find in the Ellesmere manuscript?
- Who was awakened with music and taught Latin as his mother tongue when he was a child?
- Cite the single line (quote and give a parenthetical reference) that alludes to the Black Death.
- Which of the ancient Greek philosophers was born first?
- Explain briefly how a now silly-sounding expletive “zounds” was actually a pretty serious instance of cursing.
- Quote in English (no parenthetical reference needed) the main biblical text on which the Pardoner preaches.
- Which one of the ancient Greek philosophers’ works was in poetry, although translated into modern English?
- How did the youngest debaucher kill his companions if he was already dead?
- In what work do you find a burlesque of the Last Supper?
- Who persuades the Host and Pardoner to kiss and make up?
- What briefly are the two different meanings of the word “humanism”?
- Who had lank blond hair, bulging eyes, and a dubious sexuality?
One Point Each
Bonus 1. Who is Elde?
Bonus 2. To which of the writers that you read was the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre an important event?
Bonus 3. Who must “forever tarry”?
Bonus 4. Give the name of one allegorical character in your reading.
Bonus 5. What work did you read that demonstrates best the medieval grotesque?
Bonus 6. What work did you read that is an exemplum?
Bonus 7. Does Montaigne see the cannibals he treats as “noble savages” in any way (yes or no)?
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