These are intended simply to check that you have done the necessary reading and/or that you are not having too much difficulty understanding texts in Middle English. They will either ask a couple of simple questions which will be easy to answer (no tricks! often several possible right answers!) if you have done the reading assignment, or they will ask you to give an intelligible modern rendition of a short passage in Middle English (one taken from the assigned reading).
I will send equizzes out to the entire class in the late afternoon/early evening of the day before they are due. Eudora will tell me when your responses were sent; any equiz sent after the 2:00 deadline will not count. Equizzes will be graded right or wrong and I will be generous. They should take no more than 5 minutes of your time unless you have fallen seriously behind in the reading.
Each student will keep a regular journal of reactions to/commentary upon the texts and images considered in class. You will be required to write a minimum of two legible and coherent paragraphs per week, one devoted to a text, one to an image. You may, of course, write more! By coherent, I mean that stream of consciousness is not acceptable, and that ejaculations like "This is cool! I like it! It's really cool!" are not enough. You also need observation and some attempt at thinking through what you have seen or read. If it helps, imagine that you are writing a letter to a friend describing what is going on in your head as it encounters all these medieval texts and artefacts. Journals will be graded on content, not style; I won't hold grammar or spelling errors against you, nor will I even correct them.
As for choosing what you are going to write about on a given week, you have a great deal of liberty. As far as texts go, you may want to write about a primary source (i.e. Revelations) or a secondary source (something from Camille or Adams that you found provocative); you may choose an image from the relevant chapters of Camille or from those shown in class (these will be available on my home page for you to peruse at your leisure). You can also look at any of the books on reserve for the course in the library, all of which are heavily illustrated.
Pragmatically, there are several ways to approach this exercise. If you are a stationery freak, this is a great excuse to buy a new notebook and nifty pens. If you like to draw (or even doodle) please feel free! Just remember that it will be easier for me to read your ponderings if you choose a notebook approximately 8x11, which opens fairly flat. If you are a technology person, you may keep your journal on your computer and submit it to me either by printing out hardcopy, by attaching it to an email (don't put it in the body of the email-- too hard on my eyes) or by dropping it in my in-box on the faculty server.
I will collect your journal 3 times during the course of the semester (see syllabus). I will also keep a journal myself, which any of you may request to see if you're ever curious (I am a stationery freak, you see, and can't pass up the excuse to buy a new notebook).
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