Please respond to the following, using sources under the Explore
heading as the basis of your response:
TWO ITEMS SELECTED--using class
text and some other EXPLORE subjects below.
respond to one of these subjects that you find especially
interesting: A) Identifying key
difference(s) between Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, explaining which you
prefer and why. Include a specific
example of your favorite from that time.
B) Identifying the where
and when of the first "university" and what would you need to do for your
bachelors degree at that time. (no--we
don't say "baloney).
ITEM: Briefly respond to one of these
subjects: A) Identify the three parts of Dante's Divine Comedy and the "tour guide"
through each. Explain the choice of tour
guide(s). (I won't ask why most teachers make students read just the Inferno, but you can guess.). B)
Quote a one or two line section (or longer--but not much longer) that you
enjoy from one of these writers:
Petrarch, Chaucer, Boccaccio, or Christine de Pisan (=Pizan). Explain your choice and that writer's
• ONE ISSUE DISCUSSED--Choose one of the three following
issues and discuss in a few sentences.
A) Identify which you think had a bigger
impact--Thomas Aquinas or Francis of (don't call me) Assisi, and describe what
you see as the most admirable part of that legacy for our own modern times.
B) Identify the key advances made by Cimabue
(chee-ma-boo-ee) and Giotto (ji-ot-toh). [tip:
The Merriam-Webster website provides good audio for some of the names we
encounter.]. Explain why these two
artists were important--looking back to what came before them and looking
forward to what came after them. C) Describe the Black Death's origins and its
symptoms and its impact on Europe between 1347 and 1350. Using examples, describe its general impact
on Europe's literature and economy, and suggest any modern analogies or
Building to Heaven, Writing on Earth
- Chapter 12 (pp. 405-9), Stained glass windows; Week
5 Instructor Insights
- Stained glass windows at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9727p6ozlYo
- Key differences between Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D20tG65TWic
universities--chap. 12 (pp. 414-417); Aquinas and Francis (pp. 401, 416-417,
13 Dante--(pp. 440-443, 454-455); Cimabue and Giotto--(pp. 434-440)
13 Boccaccio--(pp. 444-447, 450, 455-7), Petrarch--(pp. 447-448), Chaucer--(pp.
448-450), Chaucer; (pp. 447-451), Christine de Pisan---(pp. 449-451)
13 (pp. 443-446, 452), The Plague--the Black Death; map on p. 444
Plague at http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/black_death_of_1348_to_1350.htm