||[May. 20th, 2007|03:41 pm]
The Question Club
So in two days time, I have an exam on Chaucer's "Wife of Bath", and I have no idea how to study it! It's a closed text exam, so in our essay, we'll have to quote from memory! It would be impossible to learn off lots of quotes, seeing as the question could be on any character, any theme or idea, etc. (Plus, I don't have the time to do that) So basically I just have to be very familiar with the whole thing. Obviously I find this really hard, given the language used (you can read it here to see what I mean).|
So basically, my question is, how the hell do I prepare for this exam?! I've tried reading it over and over but it ain't working, as I'm reading it and haven't a clue what the text is saying, and have to keep checking my modern translation! And even if I do just keep reading it, and end up understanding the story, it still won't help as I have to be able to quote portions of it which relate to whatever question I'll be asked in the exam! I also found readings of it online, but listening to those don't help much as it's the spelling of the words thats the big problem!
Has anyone ever done well in a closed text exam using this language? Or any other type of difficult language? How'd you manage it?? Any help would be great :)