Excerpt from “Treasure Island”, R. L. Stevenson

Partly from the damping influence of this alarm, partly to rest Silver and sick folk, the whole party sat down as soon as they had gained the brow of the ascent. The plateau being somewhat tilted towards the west, this spot on which we had paused commanded a wide prospect of either hand. Before us, … Continue reading Excerpt from “Treasure Island”, R. L. Stevenson

The Wife of Bath, G. Chaucer – HOMEWORK

GEOFFREY CHAUCER (approx. 1340-1400)Excerpt from the General Prologue A worthy woman from beside Bath city Was with us, somewhat deaf, which was a pity. In making cloth she showed so great a bent She bettered those of Ypres and of Gent. In all the parish not  a dame dared stir Towards the altar steps in … Continue reading The Wife of Bath, G. Chaucer – HOMEWORK

Excerpt from M. Shelley’s “Frankestein or the Modern Prometheus” (1818)

Letter 4 "Last Monday (July 31st) we were nearly surrounded by ice, which closed in the ship on all sides, scarcely leaving her the sea-room in which she floated. our situation was somewhat dangerous, especially as we were compassed round by a very thick fog. We accordingly lay to, hoping that some change would take … Continue reading Excerpt from M. Shelley’s “Frankestein or the Modern Prometheus” (1818)

Open Questions on Feudalism – HOMEWORK

Answer the following questions: What is the wergeld and what was its purpose? 2. What was Feudalism based on and how did it change the society of the time in England? 3. How did the English language change thanks to French? 4. Explain what the Common Law is and how it developed. 5. List the … Continue reading Open Questions on Feudalism – HOMEWORK

Open Questions on “Beowulf” HOMEWORK

Why does Beowulf refuse to rest and chooses battle instead? What Anglo-Saxon concept does our hero emphasize with the following words: It is Always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. For everyone of us, living in this world Means waiting for our end. Let whoever can Win glory before Death. When a … Continue reading Open Questions on “Beowulf” HOMEWORK

Beowulf Fights the Monster and Perishes

Beowulf Gets Ready for the Battle   Then Hrothgar, the Shieldings' helmet, spoke: "Rest? What is rest? Sorrow has returned. Beowulf, son of Ecgtheow, spoke: "Wise sir, do not grieve. It is Always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. For everyone of us, living in this world Means waiting for our … Continue reading Beowulf Fights the Monster and Perishes

“Molly Becomes a Thief”, D. Defoe – HOMEWORK

Questions on Textual Analysis Four Open Questions: answer briefly, no more than 10 lines for each question. It has been said that with this new novel, unlike he did in his renowned masterpiece, Defoe begins to question the standpoints of the British middle class, point out in the text how he does so. What does the protagonist consider … Continue reading “Molly Becomes a Thief”, D. Defoe – HOMEWORK

Open Questions on “From the Great Invasions to the Battle of Hastings”- HOMEWORK

HOMEWORK FOR THIRD YEAR CLASS - OPEN QUESTIONS Answer the following questions with complete and detailed information, use your own words. How is the legend of King Arthur connected to the Anglo-Saxons' invasions of Britain? Why were the thengs, or the dignified warriors, so important for their community? What was the greatest fear these populations had … Continue reading Open Questions on “From the Great Invasions to the Battle of Hastings”- HOMEWORK