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1. Tell the story of Beowulf and its background. Define alliteration.

2. Speak about Anglo-Saxon literature (poetry and prose). Define formulae and kennings.

3. The development of the English language. Chaucers Prologue to Canterbury Tales

4. Define irony. The Early Middle English Period (1066-1350)

5. The English Language in the Middle Ages. Characterize the Prioress and the Wife of
Bath

6. The development of drama in the Middle Ages (liturgical drama, mystery plays,
miracle plays, morality play). Other Poets in the Later Middle English

7. Speak about The Canterbury Tales, an important verse chronicle of Medieval England

8. Chaucer created the literary language and poetic tradition: He found English brick and
left it marble. The Later Middle English Period (1350-1550)

9. Sum up Chaucers most important contributions to the development of the English


literary language. Prose in the Later Middle English Period.

10. Canterbury Tales is a narrative poem about a pilgrimage. To what an extent is the
poem a religious one. What are its main merits? What is allegory.

11. Chaucers work. Tell the story of Everyman and analyze the main aspects in this
medieval drama

12. Define the term renaissance. Why is Canterbury Tales a masterpiece, give some
reasons.

13. Marlowes literary work. The story of Shakespeares Hamlet

14. Shakespeares works and his periods of creation. The Sonnets

15. Shakespeares theatrical genius. Humanism

16. Tell the story of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Focus on the main aspects
in the play.

17. Define blank verse; where was it first used? Poetry in the Renaissance period

18. Drama and prose in the Renaissance period. What is blank verse?

19. Define comedy and humour (its three categories). Exemplify with Shakespeares play
A Midsummer Nights Dream.

20. Define setting. Exemplify with A Midsummer Nights Dream.

21. Define figure of speech. Comment on the apparition of the ghost in Shakespeares
play Hamlet.

22. Speak about dramatic tension and dramatic irony in Romeo and Juliet. Define
metaphor.

23. What is the impact of the Italian influence in the development of Renaissance?
Define parody.

24. Define the term tragedy; exemplify with Romeo and Juliet.

25. How is the Prioress? Describe her. Compare the Prioress with the Wife of Bath.

26. What is the story of Shakespeares tragedy Hamlet? Describe the tone of Hamlets
monologue.

27. How would you describe Hamlets character? Motivate.

28. Tell the story of Macbeth.

29. What is the message of Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare


30. Define simile.

31. Speak about Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare.

32. Analyze Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare.

33. What is soliloquy (monologue); exemplify with Shakespeares play Hamlet