Humanities 202.150 Spring 2018 — Midterm Exam Instructor: Titilayo Akanke Due Date: Saturday March..

Humanities 202.150 Spring 2018 — Midterm Exam Instructor: Titilayo Akanke

Due Date: Saturday March 17, 2018

Instructions: Provide in-depth written responses to each ofthe questions. Exams should be typed, @uble-spaced usingfont size 12, font style Times New Roman. Submityour hard copy in class on March 17, 2018, and uploadyour completed exam to the Blackboard Discussion Board link before midnight on that date. Questions are worth eleven points each

Othello by William Shakespeare

Describe the tragic flaw (or flaws) that lead to Othello’s demise. Without those flaws, how might the outcome ofthe story be different?

Discuss the role of symbolism in Shakespeare’s Othello. What symbolic value does the handkerchiefhave? How does it propel the action, precipitate the dramatic crisis, and help to further highlight the themes of love and jealousy in the play? What other symbols are present; or what other possibilities for symbolism exist? What another item (or items) could serve a similar dramatic purpose or enhance the story?

What motivates lago’s behavior? Discuss whether or not it is possible for a person to be maliciously evil without cause or moüve? What are some characteristics about lago that might make you understand or empathize with him? Compare lago to a character in another literary work, play, movie, or real life person that you know or have known. What are thesimilarities and what differences? How did the person’s life progress?

Language is a critical aspect of Shakespeare’s Othello that supports and enhances the overall value ofthe work. Explåln the following passages and/or expressions:

Brabantuo: “O thou art thief, where hast thou stowed my daughter?

Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her;

If she in chains ofmagic were not bound,

Whether a maid, so tender, fair, and happy,

So opposite to marriage that she shunned

The wealthy curled darlings ofour nation,

Would ever have, t’ incur a general mock

Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom

Of such a thing as thou—to fear, not to delight . .

That thou hast practiced on her with foul charms . . .” (Shakespeare 12).

Duke: “Your son-in-law is far more fair than black” (Shakespeare 23).

lago: “O, beware, my lord, ofjealousy?

It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock

The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss certain of his fate, loves not his wronger, . . . (Shakespeare 58).

(Additional questions on other side ofpage.)

Othello: “Be sure ofit, give me the ocular proof,

Or by the worth ofmine eternal soul,

Thou hadst been better have been born a dog

Than answer my waked wrath” . . . (Shakespeare 65).

Things FallApart by Chinua Achebe

Of the many characters that Achebe introduces, other than Okonkwo, describe two that you find interesting or compelling and explain why you selected them-

Discuss the fimction, cultural value, and symbolism ofthe yam in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Cite two passages (with correct parenthetical citation) from the novel in which the value of the yam is expressed.

Why does Achebe use proverbs, folktales, and fables throughout the novel? Select two proverbs, quote them and explain their meanings. Give a synopsis of one folktale or fable and explain its meaning.

Describe in detail, at least four traditional cultural practices, rituals, ceremonies, beliefs and/or norms practiced by the people of Okonkwo’s Umofia and their neighboring€lans. (Since you have already discussed the use ofyams, proverbs, folktales and fables, do use include these concepts in this response)

Explain this expression offered by a village elder in the homeland of Okonkwo’s mother: “Mother is supreme” (Achebe 77). In addressing Okonkwo’s sadness about being banished to his mother’s homeland, what does the elder say? Does the elder’s explanation support or contradict the role of women in the African societies ofthe era. Explain your response.