Final examination (take home)

All of these are huge questions; you will have to set your own limits. Do so--ruthlessly. You define the territory you will investigate and make those boundaries clear to me. Remember:

So, be succinct, concise, relevant--and be specific.

1. We spent a significant amount of time in class discussing Troilus and Fortune. What would Criseyde's response to the Consolation of Philosophy be?

2. One of the texts you read at the beginning of the semester was a chapter of Augustine's City of God. Of what relevance are Augustine's ideas of use and enjoyment, of the importance of man's will as free, or of the two cities (and the two loves that lead to them) to the study of Chaucer?

3. If Chaucer intended something like a "Marriage Group," and if it begins with the Wyf of Bath and includes the tales of the Clerk, Merchant, and Franklin, discuss Chaucer's possible motives and strategies in constructing a "discussion" among tales on the subject of marriage. (Consider issues, structure, and, if there is any, resolution. You may or may not want to comment on Chaucer's views, inasmuch as it is possible to discern them.)

4. If you could characterize Chaucer in one phrase, would you call him a Christian poet, a courtly poet, a writer of irony, or a writer of humor? Why? (If you can think of some other phrase to characterize him, you may use it. Choose one; I do not want to hear that he is most or all of these.) Be specific.

Be sure to read over and correct your work before you turn it in. I want the best English prose you are capable of.

For extra credit (as if you need it): What is the Benedictine Rule?