GCU ENG 260 Entire Course English Literature I

ENG 260 Module 1 DQ 1

“Beowulf” was originally an orally transmitted poem from pre-Christian Germanic culture. What specific elements in this poem reflect a Christian point of view? Do you think these elements are well integrated into the story? Why or why not?

Please use specific examples from the text.

ENG 260 Module 1 DQ 2

Who or what is the main character of “The Dream of the Rood,” and how does this main character contribute to the main point the poem is trying to make about the crucifixion of Christ? Why do you think the author chose to look at this event from this perspective?

 

ENG 260 Week 1 Assignment Critical Analysis 1

Details:

Each Critical Analysis requires you to analyze one particular topic.  Each answer should be 350−500 words. Excellent answers will address each portion of the question, provide concrete evidence of the student’s reading, and be grammatically and structurally correct. The instructor will select one of the topics listed below for this assignment.

  1. Syncretism is the combination of different systems of religious belief or practice. Where in “Beowulf” do you see instances of syncretism between Anglo-Saxon paganism and Christianity? Give specific examples. How well do you think these combinations work?
  2. Explain your reaction to the way that the cross is used in “The Dream of the Rood.” Are any aspects of this personification troubling or especially effective? Give specific examples of instances that make an impression on you, and explain the reasons for your reaction.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

 

ENG 260 Week 1 Assignment Old English Language

Details:

Write an essay (500−750 words) that addresses the following:

The Anglo-Saxon culture arose out of a blending of various tribes, all of whom spoke a similar language. Briefly discuss the evolution of the dialects into the language you know and are familiar with today. Give examples of at least five words (not found in the lecture material) and show how they have changed and evolved into words that you now use.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

ENG 260 Module 2 DQ 1

In the Prologue to “The Canterbury Tales,” what do you think Chaucer is saying about the pilgrims and why they are taking their journey? How would you describe Chaucer’s feelings about each of the pilgrims he characterizes? Please use specific examples from the text.

ENG 260 Module 2 DQ 2

Pick a medieval lyric that discusses love. How is the beloved pictured in this poem (what things is he/she compared to)? What are the consequences of being in love? How does the concept of love perhaps differ from what you see in society today?

ENG 260 Week 2 Assignment Collaborative Learning Community: Allegory Chart

Details:

This is a CLC Assignment.

Using what you have learned in this module regarding the allegory, create a chart that compares and contrasts three allegories found in the text with three modern or present-day allegories.

Include in your chart the basic characteristics of the allegory as well as common themes and situations where allegories are used.

Titles as well as authors should be included and the chart should be clearly labeled.

GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

ENG 260 Week 2 Assignment Critical Analysis 2

Details:

Analyze one of the following topics. The instructor will select one of the topics listed below for this assignment. 

Each answer should be 350−500 words. Excellent answers will address each portion of the question, provide concrete evidence of the student’s reading, and be grammatically and structurally correct. For “The Canterbury Tales,” assess, in detail, Chaucer’s stance toward one of the pilgrims. Read through his/her description in the Prologue, and glance at his/her tale. How is the tale appropriate to the person telling it? What aspect of the character does the author approve of? What does he disapprove of? What literary devices does he use to indirectly communicate this approval or disapproval?

  1. Define the ideal Christian knight as described in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” How well does Gawain himself live up to this ideal? How does he fail, and how does he succeed in his quest?
  2. Compare and contrast the allegories of “Everyman” and “Piers Plowman.” Which one is easier to interpret? What criticism do they make of medieval English society (if they do)? Do they both seem to view salvation in the same way? Explain your answer.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

ENG 260 Module 3 DQ 1

What things in Utopia make it seem like nonfiction? Find specific ways that you think Thomas More was trying to heighten the believability of his story and share those examples with your classmates.

ENG 260 Module 3 DQ 2

What is the point of John Skelton’s poem “Mannerly Margery Milk and Ale” and what aspect of the church is Skelton criticizing? How is it structured?

ENG 260 Week 3 Assignment Critical Analysis 3

Details:

Analyze the following topic.  The answer should be 350−500 words. Excellent answers will address each portion of the question, will provide concrete evidence of the student’s reading, and will be grammatically and structurally correct.

Would you like to live in Thomas More’s Utopia? Why or why not? Give examples of various Utopian practices that you think are especially good or especially troublesome to bolster your argument.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

ENG 260 Module 4 DQ 1

Examine the two versions of Wyatt’s poem: “They Flee . . .”/”The Lover Showeth . . .” What similarities and differences do you see here? (E. Ms. = Egerton Manuscript; Tottel = Tottel’s Miscellany) Why do you think these changes might have been made between the manuscript and the published version?

ENG 260 Module 4 DQ 2

Both “The long love . . .” by Thomas Wyatt and “Love that doth reign . . .” by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey are versions of Rime 140 by Francesco Petrarch. What is the central conceit (metaphor) of each poem? Which poem do you like more? Why? Does it make any difference that these poems are both adaptations of the same poem in Italian?

ENG 260 Module 5 DQ 1

In stanzas 14-26 of book 1, canto 1 of “The Faerie Queene,” how would you interpret the Red Crosse Knight’s battle with the dragon on a moral level? It might help to consider what the knight stands for and then what the dragon represents allegorically.

ENG 260 Module 5 DQ 2

In what ways is Faustus like a morality play character? How is he unlike one?

ENG 260 Week 5 Assignment Critical Analysis 5

Details:

Analyze the following topic. The answer should be 350−500 words. Excellent answers will address each portion of the question, provide concrete evidence of the student’s reading and be grammatically and structurally correct. The paper needs to be formatted according to GCU style requirements.

Consider Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus” and its theme: the search for illegitimate and unbridled power and what happens when one gets it. Discuss how accurately the theme can be applied to society in general and specifically to today’s society. Address the following:

  1. Do you find that the theme is valid?
  2. What, if anything, can no longer be applied to modern society?
  3. What legitimizes your achievements: your will, the means by which you pursue your achievements, or a combination of both?

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

ENG 260 Module 6 DQ 1

During the opening of “Paradise Lost” what does Milton do to announce to the reader that this poem will be an epic? How is his opening different from other epics? Give examples of from least one other epic.

ENG 260 Module 6 DQ 2

What details give you that impression?

ENG 260 Week 6 Critical Analysis 6

Details:

Analyze the following topic. The answer should be 350−500 words. Excellent answers will address each portion of the question, provide concrete evidence of the student’s reading and be grammatically and structurally correct. Examine George Herbert’s poem “The Altar.” The poem is shaped as an emblem (an allegorical picture with a moral meaning). Address the following:

  1. What is strange about this emblem?
  2. What is the linguistic significance of the poem’s shape?
  3. Discuss as many biblical images and allusions as you see.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

ENG 260 Week 6 Topic Exploration

Details:

The Topic Exploration is an analysis of 500−750 words. Choose a topic from one of the module readings.  This topic can be anything of interest that is directly relevant to 17th century lyric and narrative poetry or restoration drama.  For example, you could look at a historical topic, such as a key historical figure, or you could choose to explore a specific author or play that we have not yet written about in this class.  Your essay should both fully explore the topic and should address the implications of your topic as it relates to the literary movement of the time.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

ENG 260 Module 7 DQ 1

Pick 40 lines in Pope’s poem “Rape of the Lock.” Look at them closely. What do you see? What in them reminds you of epics? Is anything especially humorous? What point is Pope making?

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