Monday, November 23, 2009

Cyrano de Bergerac Resesarch and Presentation

Project update: each group needs 3-5 sources. At least one print source and 2 valid internet sources.

Homework Q2 Week 8

  1. Unit 7 Quiz tomorrow
  2. Finish Act 2 of Cyrano de Bergerac
  3. Choose 6 questions off the study guide and answer (Spread them out! A student who only answers the first six questions, didn't read the rest of the Act. Five students who answer the same six questions are making hard for me not to accuse them a cheating.)
  4. Presentations will begin on Tuesday, December 1st. All groups should be ready and have their materials on the Y:// or a flash drive.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cyrano Oral Research Topics


1. Cyrano de Bergerac takes place in Paris, France in 1640. Research life in the 17th century. This and other websites provide information:

2. What was the Thirty Years War? Who were Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu? These and other websites provide information:

3. Who was the historical Cyrano de Bergerac? What elements of his life inspired the play? This and other websites provide information:

4. Who were the Three Musketeers? Who was D’Artagnan? What is a Gascon? ALSO, In the 17th century, war was a defining characteristic of society and people lived with the constant threat of death. What were the ways war affected the lives of men and women? How did it shape both their social roles and responsibilities, and their views on life and love? These and other websites provide information:

5. Why was theatre important to the Paris society of the 17th century? Who were the prominent playwrights? What were the favorite subjects of drama? How did being seen at the theatre affect one’s social status?

6. Who was Edmond Rostand? What was his contribution to French drama? These and other websites provide information:

7. Compare and contrast the theatrical conventions and principles of Cyrano’s time (the 17th century) with those of Rostand’s time (the 19th century.) Why do you think Rostand might have been inspired to pay homage to the earlier theatre? This and other websites provide information:

9. Research the précieuses. What influence did the précieuses have on the arts at the time of Cyrano (and Molière)? What conditions bound their behavior and freedom? ALSO: In 17th-century life, social roles were well defined. Look at examples of art and fashion from the 17th century. What can you learn about 17th century French society by examining the art and fashion from the period? What can you learn about the social roles of men? Women? Describe the artistic style of the time. This and other websites provide information:

10. What is a duel? What is the “code duello?” Who benefited when men lived by that set of rules? Why was dueling allowed to be part of 17th century French society?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

World Literature Assignment pg 1336-1341

pages 1336-1337

pages 1338-1339

pages 1339-1340

pages 1341

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

World Literature Book Assignment

Here is a copy of the text (pages 265-266 in the book):

"How the World was Created from a Drop of Milk", attributed to the Fulani, from Mali:

In the beginning there was a huge drop of milk.
Then Doondari came and he created the stone.
Then the stone created iron;
And iron created fire;
And fire created water;
And water created air.
Then Doondari descended the second time. And he took the five
And he shaped them into man.
But man was proud.
Then Doondari created blindness and blindness defeated man.
But when blindness became too proud,
Doondari created sleep, and sleep defeated blindness;
But when sleep became too proud,
Doondari created worry, and worry defeated sleep;
But when worry became too proud,
Doondari created death, and death defeated worry;
But when death became too proud,
Doondari descended for the third time,
And he came as Gueno, the eternal one,
And Gueno defeated death.