Everyman, and Medieval Miracle Plays Test | Final 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. Where does Scene I open? ("The Women Taken in Adultery")

2. What does Jesus' first line in the play translate to mean? ("The Women Taken in Adultery")

3. What does Everyman tell everyone to take up with them on the journey to his grave?

4. Who claims to be above all other people in the world? ("The Death of Pilate")

5. Why does Everyman say that Death was wrong for coming when he did?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice does Confession have for Everyman?

2. Describe the poetic form used in "The Judgment".

3. Why is Everyman required to go to Confession?

4. Why does Veronica stop Caesar from killing Pilate himself?

5. Why does the editor state that The N. Town Cycle of "The Women Taken in Adultery" is the best of all cycles?

6. Why is Veronica given the promise that Caesar will have Pilate killed?

7. How did the soldiers justify, for themselves, the crucifixion of Christ?

8. As the accusers are telling Jesus of the "crimes" committed, what is he doing? ("The Women Taken in Adultery")

9. Why is Veronica's handkerchief the key to curing Caesar's leprosy?

10. According to the editor, what is the moral aim of "Everyman"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Given that the collection of pageants are called "The Medieval Plays", what are the different miracles that are depicted in the text? How are the miracles supported as being miracles?

Essay Topic 3

How does Everyman change from the time that Death contacts him until he descends into the grave?

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