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Thursday, September 13, 2012


Reading quiz pp. 64-82

1.      What is an epic?
2.      What was the function of a hero in an epic?
3.      How can reading an epic four thousand years later help us understand the society in which it was written?
4.      Name three epics.   Where was each one written?  Approximately how many years ago?
5.      Where is Uruk?
6.      What does the prologue of Gilgamesh suggest about the duties of a Sumerian king?
7.      Who is Ishtar?
8.      Is Gilgamesh a man or a god?  How does this characterization compare with that of Beowulf?
9.      By what common term do we know the Achaians?
10.  What is Athena’s relationship to Zeus?
11.  Who is Hector?
12.   How does Athena help Achilles and cheat Hector?  What does this suggest about Greek culture viewed the role of the gods?
13.  What does Hector ask of Achilles, and how does Achilles respond?  How does his response compare with the attitudes/values you see demonstrated in modern leadership?
14.  Who was Bede, and what did he describe in A History of the English Church and People?
15.  Approximately 150 years after Bede’s death, a group of monks wrote The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.  What was the purpose of this work?  Why wasn’t Bede’s history enough?
16.  According to Bede, what was Britain formerly known as?
17.  What background does Bede give about scarlet dye?  What does this suggest about the lifestyle/economy/values of the country?
18.  According to Bede, how is Ireland different from Britain?
19.  What threat(s) did the Anglo-Saxons of Alfred’s time face?  How united was the response?  What were the challenges to unity under Edward; i.e., what factors made it difficult for one ruler to control the all of Britain?
20.  The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle lists the deaths of important Anglo-Saxons.  Explain how including this information creates the sense that the Anglo-Saxons are a nation.  Do you see any similarity in how America’s tragic stories are told?

1 comment:

  1. 1) An epic is a long narrative poem that celebrates a hero.
    2) The function of a hero in an epic is to be a role model in their time period.
    3)You can learn about the accomplishments that ancient society admired.
    4)Gilgamesh: Near Eastern about 4,000 years ago
    Iliad: Greek poem about 3,000 years ago
    Beowulf: Scandinavia about 1,500 years ago
    5)Near Eastern
    6)He built the temple that guarded his gods, he was a warrior who protected his people.
    7)She is the Babylonian goddess of war.
    8)Yes, he is a man and is similar to Beowulf because they are both warriors, but their emotion are very different. For example, Beowulf stripped down naked to fight his foe to make it an even match and Gilgamesh fights with all his power and tools he acquires.
    10) Zeus's daughter
    11) He was the best Trojan Warrior.
    12) She lead him to Hector, which she has already intervened and told hector to fight Achilles. Human are like play toys to the gods.
    13) They talked about Achilles bring Hector's body back to his family for a proper barrel.
    14)Bede was an Irish monk who wrote about the Start of Britain.
    15) This work was to finish and fill in the blanks of Bede's work because he left so many things unanswered.
    16) Abion.
    17) Scarlet dye is an dye that dose not fade in rain or dry weather and it is what their robes were made out of.
    18) Ireland was a great land, it was better than Britain in every way you can think of.
    19) A challenge that may have made it difficult to for one ruler to rule Britian was because all the different languages spoken there at the time.
    20) This information makes them seem more like a nation because they didn't speak of how there were as a whole in Britain, they talked about their diverse group.