Monday, May 10, 2010


Dear Students,

If you missed class today, your "Final Exam" was introduced to you. I have included a copy of the explanation handout below.

FINAL EXAM DUE DATE: MON., MAY 24th for B1 and B2
  • Final Exam Explanation
    Mrs. Kori Crampton
    Due Date __________________

    Consider the following questions?

    What have you learned this year?

    How has your study of Mythology heightened your understanding of popular culture, literature and the world around you?

    Explanation: As discussed on numerous occasions, mythological allusions and references are frequently found in modern culture. Through a knowledge of mythology, one’s understanding of literary work and popular culture increases.
    You are required to select five of the ten options listed below to illustrate your understanding of mythology. You may use examples connected with either Greek or Norse Mythology.

    1.Advertisement using mythological reference and/or allusions.

    2.Album covers using mythological references and/or allusions.

    3.Book title using mythological references and/or allusions.

    4.Vocabulary word used in literary work.

    5. Reference or allusion within a literary work.

    6. Comic strip/cartoon using mythological references and/or allusions.

    7. Company names or insignias using mythological references and/or allusions.

    8. Norse motifs found in other literary work.

    9. Artwork with mythological references and/or allusions.

    10. Errors pertaining to any mythological character/concept found in advertising literary work.

    The following requirements are compulsory:

    1. A hard copy of each example (photo copies will suffice if your example is found in a book).

    2. The Internet may not be used to locate your examples.

    3. For each example provided, an explanation must also be included as to why the mythological reference/allusion is an appropriate choice. What is the point of using mythology in advertising? For the book title? Etc.

    4. The explanations need to accompany the hard copy of your examples. I expect them to be 10-20 sentences in length. Assume your audience has no schema regarding the mythology used in the selected examples; therefore, your explanations need to be thorough.

    5. You may not repeat mythological references and/or allusions. So, if you locate an allusion to Pandora in a cartoon, then you can’t include an example regarding Pandora for another option.

    6. You may not use examples shared with you in class (ie. “Apollo Burger”, “Midas Muttler”, “Nike”, “Ajax Cleaner”)

    7. Your exam needs to be submitted in an aesthetically pleasing way. Each example should be mounted on a piece of cardstock with the corresponding explanation on the opposite page. Page protectors are appreciated, but not compulsory. I would suggest a three ring binder purely for organizational purposes!

    8. A title page needs to be included with the following information.
    Your Name
    List of options you selected for your final exam.

I have several examples that I shared with those that were present on Monday. Unfortunately, I can't use the images here, because they are from a power point. I am happy to share the examples with you when you return.


1. Remember that "Sigurd" and Lord of the Rings connections will commence on Wednesday for B1 and B4

  • Remember your note-taking page
  • Remember to have "Sigurd, the Dragon Slayer" with you on Wed.

2. "Ragnorok" will occur on Wed. for B4.

  • Remember to annotate your copy or "Ragnorok"



Thursday, May 6, 2010

BEOWULF Exam and....

Dear All,

If you missed class, we took the exam covering Beowulf. Please visit with me upon your return so that we can arrange a time for you to take it.

DO NOT MISS MONDAY, as YOUR 'FINAL EXAM' will be introduced to you.


B1 and B4 Kids: Remember that our Lord of the Rings and "Sigurd, the Dragon Slayer" day is Wednesday, May 12th. If you are in B4 your due date was changed to Tuesday, May 18th.

  • Read the myth at least two times
  • Record notes regarding the connections between the two pieces of text
  • Your note-taking page is compulsory on the scheduled due date

B2- Because you elected to change the due dates, "Ragnorok" will be our area of focus for Wed.

I gave each student a copy of the myth, as you must annotate the text with Biblical connections.

The following Biblical verses should guide you:

  • Rev. 6:12-15
  • Rev. 8:7-10
  • Mark 15: 8, 22-26

Ten annotations are required per page of text.

If you make additional connections from other Biblical books, then extra credit will be given.



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Beowulf Exam and Norse Death Customs

Dear Mythology Students,

I can tell that you are weary. YOU CAN DO THIS! YOU CAN MAKE IT! Please let me know if I need to act as your personal "cheerleader." Better a cheerleader than Grendle's mother, right!
If you missed class on Tuesday, May 4th:
1. We reviewed Beowulf by viewing three movie clips.
2. We discussed the death customs of the Nordic people (I have included a copy of the handout below)

1. Please read the following myths for Thursday.
  • "Death of Balder" pgs. 150-161

  • "Binding of Loki" pgs. 169-172

2. Review Norse Death Customs for your exam on Thursday

3. Exam covering Beowulf, Norse Death Customs and Norse "death" myths (above)

4. Lord of the Rings and "Sigurd, the Dragon Slayer" deadline is May 12. The date was changed for B2 and B4 to May 18th, as some students are taking AP Exams and they wanted to be in class for our discussion of the two pieces of literature.

NORSE DEATH CUSTOMS HANDOUT used in class on Tuesday, May 3rd. You will need to obtain the information from someone in class.


Three Nordic Gods over Death

The Vikings were vehement believers in life after death. Even the poorest of them were buried with some of their possessions, as well as food and drink, in preparation for their journey to the afterlife. Because they believed that this journey would be over water, the majority of the working class were buried in graves marked out with stones in the shape of a ship. Wealthy Vikings were buried in an actual ship. They were buried with their jewelry, animals (horses), weapons, tools, clothes, and money, as well as food and drink. Women were also buried with the Warrior Class (wealthy) of Vikings. Researchers believe that they were either married to the deceased or were sacrificed so that the dead person would have someone to help in their life after death. In some archaeological digs, the remains of men have been found to serve the same purpose.

The journey to Hel took ___________ nights. The spirit would then cross the river __________.
The river was guarded by _____________, who made each spirit pay a toll of __________.
_____________is the four eyed, blood stained dog that guards the entrance to Hel. This monster’s rage could only be appeased by the offering of a _______________. The __________________ and _________________ went to Hel. Those that had died on the battlefield/childbirth went to __________________.

The Oseberg Ship

In 1903 a buried Viking ship was discovered at Oseberg in Norway. It was the tomb of a noble woman, who had been buried with her maid or slave in A.D. 834. The ship had been preserved under a mound of pet and stones. When it was dug up by archaeologists, they found all kinds of things that had been buried with the dead woman, including furniture, sleds, cloth, shoes, buckets of food, and the remains of several animals. However, grave robbers had stolen all the jewelry and treasures. The ship was reconstructed even though stone in the mound had crushed it into 3000 pieces.


1. Questions 1-20 involves identifying characters and places from actual Beowulf text. You need to be solid in your understanding of the following characters and places:

  • Brecca
  • Wiglaf

  • Dragon
  • Grendle

  • Grendle's mother

  • Unferth

  • Beowulf

  • Hrothgar

  • Hygelac

  • Geats

  • Settings for the Beowulf poem (countries)

  • Heorot

  • Wergild

2. Questions 21-28 pertain to the historical significance of the Beowulf peom.

  • Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII

  • Catharine of Aragon

  • Why are there "breaks" in the textual flow of the manuscript?

  • Why are their reference and allusions to Christianity in a poem about a pagan hero?

3. Questions 29-37 are Kennings that describe each of the characters. Review the characters and kennings

  • Hrothgar

  • Heorot

  • Grendle

  • Grendle's momma

  • Unferth

  • Brecca

  • Beowulf
  • Wiglac
  • Dragon

4. Questions 35-37 pertain to "Norse Death Customs"

5. Questions 38-43 pertain to "The Death of Balder" pgs. 151-160

6. Questions 44-47 pertain to "The Binding of Loki" pgs. 169-172

Your FINAL exam!

Dear Mythology Kids, It's nice to "see" you again. Let me offer some "study guidance" for your final exam. Please ...