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. On whose table does Everyman want his name written upon?

2. At the end of "The Judgment", who is seen "crossing from place to place"?

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

4. What does Jesus say as he enters hell? ("The Harrowing of Hell")

5. How many "wits" does Everyman possess?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the editor state will help a reader understand "Everyman" better?

2. What advice does Confession have for Everyman?

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

4. Why does the editor state that the dialogue in the N.Town cycle of "The Women Taken in Adultery" "rings true"?

5. Why is Everyman required to go to Confession?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the "Medieval Miracle Plays" and compare and contrast the message that it contains to a similar message in Everyman. What are both texts trying to say? How do both texts deliver the message? Given that both texts obviously convey the same message, or it would not have been chosen for this essay, how do the texts differ? How are they similar?

Essay Topic 2

Given that these plays were based off of biblical stories, what issues could the Church have with the text's representation of each pageant? (One does not need to have a specific, or any, religious beliefs to answer. This essay can be based solely off of student perceptions of "questioning facts" in the text.)

Essay Topic 3

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.

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