Please do this in your best effort. This is my final grade for this class.
I have attached the pdf that describes the directions for this paper.
There is two parts to this paper. For the
I would want you to do QUESTION B. Discuss DanteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Inferno. What are the most salient political, cultural, and theological elements of the book? What does it tell you about western European culture around 1300? What was important to Dante and how he articulates his values in this book? YOU COULD FOCUS ON SOME OF THE CANTOS; RATHER THAN THE ENTIRE INFERNO
I have attached a pdf that can help with answering this question to refer to
I would want you to do Question 2. Discussing the Hundred Years War (while providing a short summary of the events) emphasize the social and cultural consequences of the war? How does Froissart (Course website) represent the conflict? How does he depict the different social classes? (Descriptions of the battle of Crecy and the Jacquerie).
– Paper should be 8 pages; 3-4 pages for each part
Please keep me posted on your status and if any help is needed.
Organize your answers carefully. Provide Examples and chronological references. Do not
be reluctant to voice your own opinion. Your answers have to be more than a memorization
of your text book or class notes.
YOUR ANSWERS MAY NOT EXCEED 2,000 WORDS. THAT IS 8 PAGES FOR THE
ENTIRE EXAM, TYPED AND DOUBLE-SPACED. GOOD LUCK. YOU ARE GETTING
THE EXAM MORE THAN TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE. THE EXAM IS DUE
THROUGH TURN IT IN ON FRIDAY 11 DEVEMBER AT 6 PM. SINCE WE MUST
TURN IN FINAL GRADES SHORTLY AFTER THAT DAY, NO EXTENSIONS ARE
POSSIBLE. DO NOT PROCASTINATE.
Part 1: Short essay 3-4 pages (50 points)
Part 2: Short essay 3-4 pages (50 points)
BOTH NEED TO BE ANSWERED
Remember you are making an argument. You are not narrating or describing
the authorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ works. You are expressing your ideas which you support with
references to the authors.
Part I. Write a short essay answering either question A, B, or C. 50 POINTS
In answering about ChaucerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Canterbury Tales provide a very short description of the plot
of the story and then concentrate on the specific points asked in the question. If you answer
A You must also choose either A-1, or A-2, or A-3, or A-4. AGAIN QUESTION A HAS
THREE DIFFERENT OPTIONS A-1, or A-2, or A-3, or A-4. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE
FOR ONLY ONE OF THESE OPTIONS.
QUESTION A. You are a historian and the only extant source for the fourteenth century is
ChaucerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Canterbury Tales. What does this (these) book or stories tell you about the past? How
can you reconstruct from these source aspects of medieval education, the role of women, the
nature of honor, chivalry, sexuality, etc.? What does these stories tell you about the ideals and
values of some segment of society? Be creative. Refer to the text. Answer one from the texts
1. Answer question A, but specifically: In the KnightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tale, the author discusses the conflict
between friendship and love. Chaucer also addresses the terrible quandary of the human
condition. How does Chaucer deal with these issues? How are they resolved?
2. Answer question A, but specifically: In his The MillerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tale, Chaucer discusses the nature of
marriage between old and young and the role of sexuality and sexual vitality. What is the
purpose of this story? What is the representation of Alison and how does it work within the
story? Where is the role of love and desire?
3. Answer question A, but specifically: In the story of the Wife of Bath important issues of
sexuality and the relationship between women and men are explored, both in the introduction to
the story and in the story itself. What does the Wife of Bath stand for? How the final outcome of
the story she tells either confirms or denies the preface to the story?
4. Answer question A and in detail: In the Ã¢â‚¬Å“FranklinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s TaleÃ¢â‚¬Â marriage, honor, obsessive love,
and keeping oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s word play a significant role. How do they work? What is the vision of
marriage presented here differs from that of the other tales mentioned above?
QUESTION B. Discuss DanteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Inferno. What are the most salient political, cultural, and
theological elements of the book? What does it tell you about western European culture around
1300? What was important to Dante and how he articulates his values in this book? YOU
COULD FOCUS ON SOME OF THE CANTOS; RATHER THAN THE ENTIRE INFERNO
QUESTION C. Walter Benjamin, in one of the excerpts from his Theses on the Philosophy of
History, writes that Ã¢â‚¬Å“there is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a
document of barbarism.Ã¢â‚¬Â Do you agree or not? With reference to specific primary sources and to
the lectures support your position. You may incorporate material from before the midterm exam
if you wish, but you are required to include examples drawn from after the midterm for this
question. Do not use the same documents you will use to answer the prompt you choose for Part
2. Do not attempt this question unless you are able to support your position from a wide array of
Part II. Answer One (50 points)
1. What was the nature of the late medieval crisis? What were the main structural problems of
the crisis and how did Europeans meet its challenge. What new ideas about politics, sexuality,
art, and the life after emerged from the crucible of the fourteenth century. Refer to the documents
on the class website.
2. Discussing the Hundred Years War (while providing a short summary of the events)
emphasize the social and cultural consequences of the war? How does Froissart (Course website)
represent the conflict? How does he depict the different social classes? (Descriptions of the battle
of Crecy and the Jacquerie)
3. Why do you think Jeanne dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Arc had such dramatic impact on the outcome of the war? What
were the underlying political and cultural reasons leading to her success? Be careful of this
4. What was the impact of the Black Death on European society? What do you think were the
most salient consequences? Make sure to refer to BoccaccioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s description of the plague and to
the readings in the Course Reader. DO NOT ANSWER THIS QUESTION, IF YOU
ANSWERED THIS QUESTION FOR THE 2ND ASSIGNMENT.
5. What were the reasons for the widespread presence of urban and rural uprisings in fourteenth
century Europe? In detail analyze one of the rebellions discussed in class or in your readings.
6. Historians have argued that the expansion of the Norsemen and danes from the Euroasian
heartland (what is today Russia) to the Americas marked the birth of the first global age. Briefly
describe the expansion of the so-called Viking and in detail examine one are of expansion
(England-Ireland, France, Iceland, Greenland, Baltic, Russia, or North America) and the unique
social and cultural aspects of Viking society. This may require some outside reading.
Have a wonderful Break. Send postcards from exotic locales (IF YOU ARE ABLE TO
TRAVEL). Have fun. Do not postpone joy. Come to Paris and visit while we are there (we
hope). Thanks for being in the class. And Rememebr not to postpone joy.
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