I’ve taken to giving pop quizzes with easy answers…if you’ve read the material. When I told my students they’d have one everyday as we went through Beowulf, they said, “Then it’s not a POP quiz.” So I starting calling them “Pop-Tart quizzes.” In any event, I always say, if you don’t know the answer, make me laugh–or draw a picture. My students never fail me!
Why I love my students….let me count the ways…
Concerning Tolkien’s “The Monsters and the Critics”
What is or are NOT “an inexplicable blunder of taste”?
- Literature critics
- It is an inexplicable blunder of taste to neglect the study of Beowulf in scholarly settings.
- My memory of what the answer to this question is
- Dr. Morrison’s hair
What does Leyerle argue about interlace in Beowulf?
- No idea, so I drew Beowulf in a corset because inter[lace]. 🙂
- Another student wrote “I like your outfit today by the way :-)”
At least she was paying attention!
What does Leyerle say about digressions in Beowulf?
- That one’s mind should not digress from remembering what Leyerle says about digressions.
Concerning Jane Chance’s article “The Structural Unity of Beowulf: The Problem of Grendel’s Mother”
Why, according to Change, is Grendel’s Mother ‘monstrous’?
- Because she’s a strong independent woman who don’t need no man?
What overtones color her battle with Beowulf?
- Sexual (bow chicka bow-wow)
Extra Credit: what is Euhemerism?
- I have no idea, but Robinson really likes to talk about it.
- I do not recall, but again, today’s outfit is REALLY cute.
According to Roberta Frank, what is the ultimate point of Beowulf?
- To claim an ultimate point is to reduce the text into nothingness. Maybe I’m just trying to cover up my ignorance.