Directions: Answer three out of the four essay questions below, giving as much relevant detail as you can. This is an open-book, open-note exam. Please refrain from using any outside sources, as this is not a research paper, but a test on what you’ve already read. Plan on about 2 pages (typed, double-spaced) for each essay answer. I expect the exams to be about 5-7 pages total.
1) The main insight of literary criticism is that genre determines to mean. A newspaper article is not read in the same way as a poem, for example. Define and describe the main features of “gospels,” “acts,” “epistles,” and “apocalypses,” giving examples of each.
2) Select ONE genre—either Gospels or Acts—and compare/contrast a canonical (New Testament) and non-canonical (apocryphal) writing from this genre. Concentrate on the format and/or religious ideas, as opposed to storylines or other obvious differences.
4) Early Christians had a lot to say about sexuality and virginity. Describe how this appears in two or three of the ancient texts we’ve read, and explain their positions.
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