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. What does God perceive as he was sitting in Heaven? ("Everyman")

2. To whom does Jesus tell man not to be vengeful towards? ("The Women Taken in Adultery")

3. Where does Scene I open? ("The Women Taken in Adultery")

4. Who is the first character to speak "The Resurrection"?

5. What are the soldiers in "The Resurrection" afraid Pilate will do if he finds out that Jesus' tomb is empty?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways is Christ's descent into hell dramatized?

2. Who does Jesus tell to be the first one to punish the woman accused of adultery?

3. From what three "raw materials" is the York "Resurrection" drawn?

4. What purpose does God's opening soliloquy have in "The Judgment"?

5. What is the content that the Messenger provides to the audience (both readers and watchers of the play)?

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

7. According to the prologue to "Everyman", what is the treatise of the play?

8. Why was Michael able to lead Adam and the other saints, who were residing in Hell, out of the gates of Hell?

9. Why does the editor state that the liturgical playwrights "made little use of the Passion theme"?

10. What advice does Caesar's counselor give him regarding a cure to his leprosy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What symbolism is used throughout the text to enhance the theological beliefs during the fifteenth century?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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