1. What problems of poor workmanship in the preparation of the cross did the soldiers find as they performed their job of crucifying Jesus? How did these problems increase Christ’s pain and suffering?
2. What indications do you find in the text that the soldier’s knew something about the message which Jesus preached, even if they did not express faith in him?
3. Certainly marriage is one of the key issues in Twelfth Night. What expectations are there about social class and marriage assumed in the play? How do these expectations affect our opinion of Malvolio? Are these expectations satisfied in the cases of Orsino and Olivia and their ultimate marriages? Is social status sufficient (see Sir Andrew Aguecheek!)? Can the limitations of social status be overcome?
4. Which woman do you find more attractive: Olivia or Viola? Why?
5. In the Holy Sonnet 10, Why might death (Death) become proud, according to lines 1-2? Donne denies these features to death and the rest of the poem explains why.
6. In the Holy Sonnet 18, What is the speaker really asking in line 1 when he addresses Christ, saying, “Show me, dear Christ, thy spouse”?
7. Why would the speaker be confused about the true “Bride” of Christ? What options are there?
8. In Elegy 19, What images does the speaker use to describe his foreplay in lines 25-30? What paradox is expressed in line 31? How can we interpret the lines, “As souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be/To taste whole joys”?