Eng. IV: Renaissance Humanist Lit Test Info

This short unit has gone by quickly, but we’ve covered a considerable variety of material that will be covered on tomorrow’s test:

“Of Studies” by Sir Francis Bacon (p. 456)

from Utopia by Sir Thomas More (p. 438)

“Speech Before the Spanish Armada Invasion” by Queen Elizabeth I (p. 440)

from The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (p. 446)

“Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women” by Amelia Lanier (p. 468)

“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe (p. 306)

“The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Raleigh (p. 308)

Terminology: pastoral, essay, humanism, antithesis, parallelism, allegory, anaphora, rhetorical question, analogy, argument/counterargument (you should know this pair from last year; otherwise, see p. 471 and/or 445)

*** You will also benefit from reading/reviewing information on pages 445, 436-437, 304-305, and 294. All of this information was covered in class notes and/or discussion, but you may or may not have been previously assigned to read these pages.

The test will include both multiple choice and short-answer questions. In addition to questions prompting you to prove your general understanding of what you’ve read or to interpret brief passages, some questions will require you to compare and contrast multiple works of literature covered in this unit; still others will require you to extend your thinking by applying the ideas we’ve studied to present-day scenarios. Each of the “Big Questions” we addressed at the beginning of this unit will be represented on the test.

Yes, this test will be tougher than your last few lit tests — as I’ve said, I’m approaching second semester under the assumption that you now have more knowledge and experience than you started first semester with. If you’ve paid attention in class, thought about the material seriously and thoroughly while completing homework assignments, participated in discussion, and studied everything listed above, you can do well on this test. Remember this truth that we’ve learned during this unit: there is a stark contrast between the ideal and the real. The real is often more difficult and less convenient than the ideal to deal with in the short term, but in the long run you need to endure the work and struggle associated with the real if you want to make anything happen!

So pull out your notes and textbook, make yourself some tea/hot chocolate/whatever centers you, take some deep breaths, and study!

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