Everyman, and Medieval Miracle Plays Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

A. C. Cawley
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose child does Mary tell Joseph that she is carrying? ("The Annunciation")

2. When Joseph returns to Mary, at the end of Scene I, what does he ask her? ("The Annunciation")

3. Where does Scene II open? ("The Second Shepherds' Pageant")

4. What is the original name for Bethlehem in the text? ("The Annunciation")

5. Who gave the editor permission to use the editions of the original text?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the Preface, why did A.C. Cawley choose the collection of plays that he did as a representative collection of medieval biblical pageants?

2. On what is the "Second Shepherds' Pageant" based?

3. How is the character of Noah's wife, as depicted in the pageants, different from the orthodox theological idea of her?

4. In the "Second Shepherds' Pageant", what are the shepherds complaining about?

5. What does the Introduction state as the tie between the conflict between Cain and Abel?

6. When Joseph enters Mary's home, what does he question her about?

7. What did the Introduction state was the "unity of biblical history"?

8. What does the Messenger say to prove Herod's power?

9. For what other writings is the author of the "Shepherds' Pageants" responsible?

10. What does the editor state about the superiority of the Brome play ("Abraham and Isaac") over all others?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many lessons were taught in the morality plays of the text. Which of the morality plays has the strongest message? What was the message? Why was it the most important in the text? How was the lesson taught?

Essay Topic 2

What sort of attitude towards man does God have in the plays?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters Cain, Pilate, and Herod. Given that these are the "villains" of the pageants, how do the characters compare and contrast each other based upon their needs and desires?

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