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English 316K. Dr, Rebhorn Study Questions for the Mid-Semester Examination In addition to knowing the birth and death dates (years) for Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton, you should know the definitions of important terms defined in lecture (e.g., hende , hyperbole, foil), the dates of major events (e.g., 1588: the defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1642: the start of the English Civil War), and the significance of basic concepts, people, and events for the texts studied (e.g., courtly love, allegory, the Morality Play, Oliver Cromwell, the Restoration). You should also be able to identify aspects of plot, character, and style in the texts (e.g., the knight's crime in the Wife of Bath's Tale, the "real" identity of the Green Knight, what Hotspur is planning to "redeem" in Henry IV, Part 1 , the ancient heroes to whose voyage Satan's journey to earth alludes). Finally, you should be able to identify important short quotations from the texts. Here are some specific things to study: 1. Who the various peoples were who invaded and inhabited the British Isles. Where such names as Britain, England, and Wales come from, and what the origins of such names reveal. Why the Middles Ages are called that, and who came up with the name. 2. The buildings that dominate the medieval landscape, and what that reveals about medieval culture. The social structure of medieval society and how people viewed it. The "three estates." How the medieval calendar differs from the modern one, and what implications that had for the way people conceived their lives in society. What "fortune" (or Fortuna ) meant. Why the deposition and murder of Richard II were "typical" of political history in the late Middles Ages. How characters in medieval literature reflect the way people saw the world they lived in. Why much of medieval literature is allegorical (be sure to know what the term means and why medieval people thought of the world in that way). Define "courtly love," explain where it came from in Europe as well as what may have caused it, and identify the criticisms medieval thinkers
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2011 for the course HIS 315L taught by Professor Victoriaallison during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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