The Taming of the Shrew

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Core 100                                                                                                                 Final Spring 2016

 

  1. Answer one (1) of the following based on your reading of The Taming of the Shrew. (15 points)

 

  1. Describe Kate’s wedding.
  2. Describe Petruchio’s taming methods.
  3. Describe Petruchio’s testing of Kate.

 

  1. In a detailed paragraph, discuss what differences you see between The Taming of the Shrewand the modernized version we watched, Ten Things I Hate About You. (20 points)

 

III. Based on our readings, define “Macho” and give an example of a macho man (anyone you know, dead or alive, real or fictive).From The Taming of the Shrew  (5 points)

 

  1. Based on our readings, define “unruly” and give an example of an unruly woman (anyone you know, dead or alive, real or fictive).  (5 points)

 

  1. Identify four (4) of the following: (10 points)

 

 

Bianca

 

 

 

Kate

 

 

 

Michael

 

 

 

Lucentio

 

 

 

Cameron

 

 

 

Petruchio

 

 

  1. Choose one (1) of the passages below and answer the questions accompanying it. (15 points)

 

An angry woman is like an agitated fountain—muddy, unpleasant, lacking in beauty. And in this condition, no one—however dry or thirsty he may be—will stoop to sip or touch one drop of it. Your husband is your lord, your life, your keeper, your head, your sovereign, one who cares for you and who, for your ease and comfort, commits his body to harsh labor both on land and sea. Long, stormy nights at seas he stays awake, by day he endures cold while you lie safe and warm, secure in your beds at home. And in exchange he seeks no more from you but love, kind looks, and true obedience—too little payment for so great a debt. A woman owes her husband the same loyalty a subject owes his king. And when she is peevish and perverse, sullen, sour, and disobedient to his honest wishes, what is she but a loathsome, warlike rebel and an ungrateful traitor to her loving lord? I am ashamed that women are so foolish as to declare war when they should plead on their knees for peace, that they seek authority, supremacy, and power when they are under an obligation to serve, love, and obey.  The Taming of the Shrew

 

How does  the passage define a woman?

 

 

 

 

How does the passage define a man?

 

 

 

 

 

Loyalty between husband and wife is compared to what in this passage?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I’ve begun my reign with a carefully thought-out plan, and I have every hope of succeeding. My falcon is now hungry and unfed and must not be given enough to eat until she comes to me, for if her hunger is satisfied, she’ll pay no attention to the bait. I have another plan to make my bird come to me and recognize her owner’s call is to keep her from sleeping— the way trainers do with young hawks that flutter and flap and will not obey. She had no food today and will have none. Last night she got no sleep, and she won’t get any tonight. Just as I did with the meat, I’ll make up some problem with the way the bed is made, and throw the pillow one way and the cushion the other, and the blanket over here and the sheets over there. And through all the shouting and fuss, I’ll swear that it’s all out of love for her. The end result will be that she’ll sit up all night. And if she starts to drop off, I’ll rant and yell until I wake her up. This is how to kill a wife with kindness. And this way I’ll cure her wild and willful nature. If anyone here knows a better way to tame a shrew, speak up, please. It would be much appreciated. The Taming of the Shrew

 

Why won’t the speaker of this passage feed his falcon?  Who is his falcon?

 

 

 

 

What does the speaker mean by the phrase, ”This is how to kill a wife with kindness”?

 

 

 

 

What is the speaker’s plan to make his “bird” come?  Who is his bird? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII. Choose two (2) of the passages below and answer the questions accompanying them. (15 points)

 

Scolds were sometimes punished in the stocks, by being incarcerated in the town ‘cage’ or, occasionally, by being carted or paraded round the town with basins ringing before them. When the scold continues to brawl, in the cage, a justice of the peace intervenes to impose a “just punishment,” cucking.  Attempts were made to ensure that the punishment was not excessively severe or fatal.  Such caution was necessary since cucking could lead to drowning; punishment was dangerous and frightening as well as humiliating.  Bridles, usually made of metal, either covered  the mouth or inserted a prong to hold down the tongue; thus, they treated the offending woman as an unruly animal. The Taming of the Shrew

 

What is a scold?

 

 

 

How does the passage define carting?

 

 

 

When would a scold be cucked?

 

 

 

How did the bridle function? 

 

 

 

 

A shrew, then, is not just a talkative woman; she is a woman refusing to submit to a man’s authority and aggressively asserting her independence. Assertive women were imagined to overturn the existing hierarchy that placed men above women.  Any assertion of themselves was thus construed as taking something away from their husbands, as for, instance, wresting away the one pair of breeches in the family and insisting on wearing them. The possible solution of getting another pair of breeches is never imagined; instead, husband and wife must fight over that one pair. . . Marriage emerges as a relationship governed ultimately by force. The Taming of the Shrew

 

What is a shrew?

 

 

 

What are the breeches?

 

 

 

What is marriage like in the Renaissance?

 

 

 

The Department of Education can also hold schools accountable under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX is best known as the federal civil rights law that requires equality in men’s and women’s sports teams. But the law is broader than that. It says that any educational institution that takes federal funding cannot discriminate against women. Sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape are also considered discrimination on the basis of sex. “All too often, victims are revictimized by being forced to encounter their assailants on campus day in and day out,” says Carter, “especially if they are suffering from some sort of post-traumatic stress, which can trigger panic attacks and have a significant adverse impact on their ability to continue their educational program.” Title IX is among the strongest tools for enforcement at the Education Department, says Carter. But few women know to use it. And when they do, the department rarely acts. Between 1998 and 2008, the department ruled against just five universities out of 24 complaints. That’s according to records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the Center for Public Integrity. No punishment was given in those cases — simply guidance on how to improve campus procedures. The Taming of the Shrew

 

What is Title IX?

 

 

 

How broad is Title IX and what does it cover?

 

 

 

What department is being referred to in the underlined section?

 

 

 

 

In 1997, I was part of a successful union organization drive at my former job, a peep show in San Francisco called the Lusty Lady. The boiling point came when customers videotaped us gyrating management refused to protect us, we organized. As Service Employees International Union Local 790: The Exotic Dancers Union, we got rid of the one-way glass that had enabled the videotaping and pushed back against other discriminatory policies. We fought for a pay-raise system, sick leave, vacation and holidays. And we won. We became one of the first unions in this country to cover workers in the sex trade. Lusty Lady was a success story in part because we were employees who punched a time clock and paid taxes. But overwhelmingly, dancers are hired as independent contractors, paid on a tip-only basis.

 

 What does the Local 790 provide its employees?

 

 

 

What’s unique about the Local 790?

 

 

 

What made the employees organize?