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. What does the messenger do as Herod enters the scene? (Herod the Great")

2. On what day is Christ's victory over sin and death celebrated?

3. What does "Ecce, virgo concipiet" mean?

4. Where does Mak tell the shepherds his wife is? ("The Second Shepherds' Pageant")

5. Where does Scene II open? ("The Annunciation")

Short Essay Questions

1. In what poetic form was "Noah's Flood" written?

2. What error did Cawley correct in his Preface to the second edition of the text?

3. Why is the story of Mak included in this pageant?

4. What are biblical pageants?

5. In what poetic form was "The Creation" written?

6. What does Noah do as he leaves the ark for the first time in forty days?

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

8. Why does the introduction to "Herod the Great" state that Herod is a recreation of a contemporary magnate?

9. What "justifies" Lucifer's fall from Heaven?

10. When were the miracle plays officially associated with Corpus Christi Day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pride seems to be a large part of where issues arise between characters in many of the text's pageants. Choose one of the conflicts, based upon issues regarding pride, and discuss why pride was the circumventing issue.

Essay Topic 2

In "Everyman", readers learn that it is only through Good Deeds that one may enter the gates of Heaven. What other of the medieval plays contains the same message? How does the play mirror the message in "Everyman"?

Essay Topic 3

Many "parts" of Everyman are described in the play. If you were to put all of the "parts" together, what kind of person would Everyman be?

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