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Final Exam

Final Examination is 8-11 a.m. Saturday 13 May, 237 Hearst Gym (use entrance at East end of building, just off Bancroft, near tennis-court/parking complex). Bring one large blank bluebook. After one hour, exam will be open-book.

Review Sections May 9 and 10 (students may attend any section)

Tanya Brolaski      1-2  Wed 110 Wheeler
Andrea Lankin      12-1  Tue 251 Dwinelle
Jennifer Shoffeitt  9-10 Wed 105 Northgate
Fiona Smythe       10-11 Wed 110 Wheeler


The following are to be read for Monday morning's lecture (17 April):

Holy Sonnet 18

Milton (use Norton Anthology; but for PL use separate edition):
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
Sonnets: On Shakespeare, On his 23d birthday, On his Blindness
Book 1 of Paradise Lost

The following Donne poems from the Norton Anthology are to be read for Monday 10 April:

Songs and Sonnets, beginning p. 1236: "The Flea," "The Good-Morrow," "Song," "The Sun Rising," "The Canonization," "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "The Ecstasy".

The following Donne poems from the Norton Anthology are to be read for Wednesday 12 April:

Holy Sonnets, beginning p. 1268: Sonnets 1, 5, 7, 10, 14.

For Wednesday, 15 March, read (in the Norton Anthology) the introductory essays concerning Spenser (including his life); then, read excerpts from The Shepheardes Calendar, and read all the Amoretti sonnets printed in the Anthology.

Recommended but not required is the Epithalamion, the finest wedding poem in the English language.

Schedule of Reading announced in Semester Syllabus (see below) remains in effect and up-to-date.

The following poems from the Norton Anthology, Seventh Edition, Volume I, are to be read for Wednesday 8 March:

Wyatt, pp. 527-30; Surrey, pp. 570-3, 576; Sidney, pp. 916ff: Sonnets 1, 5, 31, 39, 71.


if you have the Eighth Edition, Volume I, Part 2, you'll find the poems on the following pages:

Wyatt, pp. 594-600; Surrey, pp. 608-15; Sidney, pp. 975ff: Sonnets 1, 5, 31, 39, 71.

For general knowledge of Chaucer, it is important to have a basic understanding of the Clerk's Tale. Knowledge of this tale is not required for the mid-term exam, but you may refer to this summary if you wish.

Group reading of Chaucer is ON: Thursday afternoon 4-6pm 2 March: 330 Wheeler

Reading for Thursday evening, 2 February 7-9pm, is ON. Address: 2600 Buena Vista Way; phone: 848-1992

Buena Vista is about 7 blocks north of Campus, connecting with Euclid (turn right from Euclid onto Buena Vista one block north of Cedar). Buena Vista also connects with the street that changes its name going north, from Piedmont Avenue, to Gayley Road, to La Loma (turn left from La Loma onto Buena Vista one block north of Cedar).

Tip: In Berkeley, you will be going north if you keep the Bay on your left and the hills on your right.

CLICK HERE for Semester Syllabus (subject to change)

List of Sections and TA's

01 Tanya Brolaski
02 Andrea Lankin
03 Jennifer Shoffeitt
04 Fiona Smythe

Classrooms for Sections (Fridays, 9-10 a.m.)

Review Sections (you may attend any section)

Tanya: 1-2 110 Wheeler

TA Office Hours

Notes and Admonitions on class business

1) Class participation in this English 45A is mandatory. Attendance will be taken often in lecture, always in Friday section. More than two unexcused absences in lecture and more than one unexcused absence in section will result in a reduction of your final grade by one grade step (e.g., from B to B-) for each such absence. (Persistent tardiness will accumulate as unexcused absences.) Do not skip section or class on the day a paper is due for the sake of completing the paper!

2) You are expected to have read each assignment in advance of the class-period in which that assignment is discussed.

3) Each student must read a passage of Chaucer aloud to the satisfaction of the instructor or TA, either individually or as part of a group. Several group readings will be organized during the semester, late-afternoons and evenings. Although you are not required to attend, you are urged to participate in at least one group reading.

4) You are reminded of the Department of English policy regarding plagiarism.

5) Final admonition: You are required to read all assignments over the semester. The mid-term and final examinations will be designed to test whether you have done the required reading. Failure to accomplish the required reading will be grounds for a failing final grade regardless of how well you may do in other aspects of this course.


Paper topics and deadlines will be set in section.

Final grades will be calculated as follows (with reductions for excessive absences):

Quiz totals           =   5%
2 papers @ 15% & 20%  =  35%
Midterm exam          =  15%
Final exam            =  25%
Section grade         =  20% (=55% including papers) 
TOTAL                 = 100%

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