E211 Elizabeth I Questions

ENGLISH 211 ELIZABETH I QUESTIONS

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Assigned: Queen Elizabeth I. All selections (Norton Vol. B, 749-59).

Queen Elizabeth's "Golden Speech" and Other Prose

1. Discuss the sense of Elizabeth's diplomatic and rhetorical skills that emerges from your reading of any of the prose selections. How does Elizabeth represent herself (i.e. her motives and character) and her regard for her subjects?

2. To what extent, in any of the prose or poetry selections, does a sense of Elizabeth as an individual come through -- that is, what sense do you get of a flesh-and-blood human being aside from the pageantry and public rhetoric surrounding such a grand figure as "Her Majesty Elizabeth I"? Discuss with reference to specific passages.

Edition: Greenblatt, Stephen and Carol T. Christ. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 9th. edition. Package 1: Vols. A, B, C. Paperback. Norton: 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0393913002.