Macbeth and School Infirmary

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Which of these is a specific type of parody? |
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| A. mock-epic| |
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| B. folk ballad| |
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| C. conceit| |
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| D. paradox| |
How is a diary, such as Pepys’s, different from a history such as Bede’s? | |
| A. A diary is usually more personal.| |
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| B. A diary is usually more objective.| |
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| C. A diary is usually more formal.| |
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| D. A diary usually lacks historical accuracy.| |
Which statement most accurately contrasts the ideas of different literary periods? | |
| A. Anglo-Saxon literature focuses on free will, whereas Renaissance literature suggests that human beings are controlled by fate. | |
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| B. Literature of the Middle Ages focuses on science, whereas literature of the Renaissance focuses on religious faith. | |
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| C. English literature of the Renaissance was dominated by poetry and verse drama, whereas English literature of the eighteenth century was dominated by prose and satire. | |
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| D. Literature of the Anglo-Saxon period stresses human possibilities, whereas eighteenthcentury English literature stresses human limitations.| |
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Read this brief passage from Beowulf in the modern translation by Burton Raffel. Then, answer the question that follow.

Then Beowulf rose, still brave, still strong,
And with his shield at his side, and a mail shirt on his breast, Strode calmly, confi dently, toward the tower, under
The rocky cliffs: no coward could have walked there!

Which Anglo-Saxon social or cultural idea has most strongly influenced this passage from Beowulf? |

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| A. admiration of physical courage| |
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| B. courtly behavior | |
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| C. loyalty to one’s overlord | |
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| D. religious faith and teachings| |
Read this summary of the “The Pardoner’s Tale” from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Then, answer the question that follows.

Three young men are drinking in a tavern when they learn that Death, killing thousands in the present plague, has claimed the life of an old friend. The three vow to live for one another and to work together to kill Death. After an old man tells them that they can fi nd Death under a tree in a grove, the three go there, only to find a pile of gold florins under the tree. Fearing they might be accused of stealing the gold, they decide to bring it into town at night. They draw lots to see who will go into town to bring back food and drink for their vigil. When the youngest wins the drawing and goes off to town, the other two plot to kill him to get his share of the treasure. Meanwhile, he decides to poison the drink he is bringing back in order to kill the other two and claim all the treasure for himself. When he arrives back, the other two do kill him, but they also drink the poisoned drinks and perish. Thus, all three do indeed find Death under the tree, just as the old man had predicted.

From the elements of the summary of “The Pardoner’s Tale,” into what subgenre, or subcategory of literature, does it seem to fall? |

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| A. pastoral | |
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| B. elegy | |
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| C. allegory | |
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| D. frame story| |
Read this passage from Donne’s “Meditation 17.” Then, answer the question that follows.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell* tolls; it tolls for thee.

*bell: here, the death knell, or church bell that tolls for a death...
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