1. Write an essay in which you explore issues of power and control in medieval marriages using the Wife of Bath, Lanval or Lady Bercilak (or any combination of three.) How do these women challenge or maintain the status quo in their respective marriages? Are they feminists, antifeminists or something altogether different? 2. Write an essay that explores Chaucer’s view on religion. Use the Pardoner’s tale and one other tale we have not read for class.

3. Compare and contrast the fabliau’s vision of sexuality to that of the romance. 4. In Beowulf, how does the significance of gold treasure change over the course of the poem? 5. Write an essay in which you explore the importance of ancestry. Why is heredity and legacy so important during this time period? Writing 1250-1500 words on one of the topics selected, not writing a paper on each numbered topic. MLA format. font 12. Cited sources. Times New Roman Selecting one of the five topics listed. Disregard option 6. Writing 1250-1500 words on one of the topics selected, not writing a paper on each numbered topic.

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