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 did the introduction state was the name of the sheep-stealer? ("The Second Shepherds' Pageant")

2. What does God call Noah (in regard to character)? ("The Flood")

3. What are the two literary pieces that survive from secular drama of the Middle Ages?

4. For how long does God state that the rains would come? ("The Flood")

5. Why does Herod believe that the Christ child was born? ("Herod the Great")

Short Essay Questions

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

2. From where did the editor obtain a copy of the manuscript to include "The Annunciation" in his collection of pageants?

3. What is Noah's wife's position on the ark?

4. Where, in the text of "Herod the Great", did a prophecy that Christ was born in a cave come from?

5. In "Abraham and Isaac", why does God call for the sacrifice of Isaac?

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

7. From where do some of the features of "Herod the Great" derive?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is "Everyman" a classic example of a medieval morality play? What characteristics does it contain that allows it to follow with the themes of medieval morality plays? Name the characteristics and define how "Everyman" supports itself as a medieval morality play.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss why you believe that "Everyman" and "The Medieval Miracle Plays" were promoted as plays and not simply in a textual format. Do you believe that in a play format the message would reach more people? Do you believe that in play form, those confused about religious ideology could come to accept the morality lessons without being confused by the religious undertone?

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