Results of the Literature Quiz

Contest declared “CONCLUDED” as of 8:00 p.m.  Wednesday,  January 6

Seems as if seven “blog buddies” (three new and welcome!) rose to the challenge:  they stayed away from the outdoor climate and took some time to think–not necessarily for very long. (We live in an age of “instant gratification.”) Remembering that category (1) counted authors and titles already known and category (2) counted authors and titles found via “research,”  here are the results in chronological order and  with only initials used in order to “protect the innocent.”  Remember that the maximum score possible was 16.

GP      (1)  Three  (2)  Zero:  Total = 3

ADM   (1)  Six      (2)  Eight:  Total =  14

IW       (1)  Two    (2)  Zero:   Total = 2

Pen     (1)  Five     (2)  Zero:   Total = 5  ( + self-flagellation)

CP       (1)  Two    (2)      ?   Former “Jeopardy” contestant also claimed “also knew” 2, 4, 5, 6 but gave no proof

WB      (1)  Eight   (2) Seven =  15   Contestant did not claim specifically that no other contestant’s answers were viewed nor that no “research” by self was done. . . .  (?)

CICvet (1) Zero      (2) Zero =  0   Contestant who proposed the contest must at least have known the answer to #6 but apparently had taken on quite a bit of antifreeze before providing replies.  Did offer “thanx” nonetheless.

OBSERVATIONS:   (1)   Though WB had the best score, ADM was the most disciplined and trustworthy of these contestants at this particular time.  (2) The majority of participants were either too busy  or not fully committed to the proposal that research was permitted  (maybe even encouraged?) as I had so indicated.  (3)  Only CP got both parts of # 1 correctly,  saying that it was required in her class in college to memorize a good part  (maybe all?) of the “General Prologue” to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.  (4)  In relation to the previous point:  it seems that the participants did not know much about the history of the English language. Chaucer composed in what is commonly know as “Middle English,”  a version of the language strongly influenced by French as a consequence of the Norman Conquest at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  Beowulf (perhaps from the early eighth century) was composed in “Old English” and Shakespeare’s English (about two centuries after Chaucer) is usually described as being composed in “Early Modern English.”

Geoffrey C. said about the “Clerk” (meaning scholar):  “And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.”  And so ought we all . . . .



2 Responses to “Results of the Literature Quiz”

  1. Frank B Maness,Jr. Says:

    I gather you have been missing grading papers!! Dr. Rundus!! The classroom has a way of drawing some and the rest of us wash out easy!! Have a great year my friend!!

  2. Tammy Stephens Says:

    I don’t get a grade? I said hello. That’s like putting my name on the paper.

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