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. In what "non-dramatic literature" does the introduction state the legend of "The Harrowing of Hell" appears?

2. What does Caesar do that heals him of his ailment? ("The Death of Pilate")

3. What "book" is Everyman to take along on his journey?

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

5. What does the fourth soldier call Jesus as he calls to the other soldiers to work together during the crucifixion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based upon the play "Everyman", why should mankind live their lives in the most moral way possible? (i.e., What did Everyman come up against during his travels, therefore what does mankind need to prepare for?)

Essay Topic 2

In "Everyman", everyman asks many of his "qualities" to accompany him upon his journey. Why were each of his "qualities" disqualified from accompanying him? Which quality was able to accompany him on his journey? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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