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FR434 Formative Essay Titles


In addition to the summative assignment that you may be REQUIRED to submit for this module, you have the OPTION to write a formative assignment from the list of questions given below. Please note that formative assignments are for training purposes only and do not count as part of your final degree classification.

We strongly recommend that you submit a formative assignment as it will enable you to hone the skills developed in this module and to prepare for your summative assessment(s).

You may, If you wish, discuss the same text/thinker in a summative assignment as you have discussed in a piece of formative assignment, but you must not reproduce in part or whole any of your formative assignment in your summative assignment.

You are required to submit one formative essay (approximately 1,500 words) at the Week 9 seminar. Please choose from one of the following titles:

1. What are animals in the Fables supposed to teach their human readers?

2. Discuss the use of animal trickery in Le Roman de Renart.

3. Examine the role of allegorical interpretation in Pierre de Beauvais’ Bestiaire.

4. What is the purpose of animal examples in medieval discourses about love? Discuss with reference to EITHER Richard de Fournival’s Bestiaire d’Amour OR Rigaut de Berbezilh’s lyric poetry.

These are formative essay titles. You will receive feedback on your essay but the mark will not be counted toward your end-of-year assessment or degree classification. Please note, you may not submit an essay on one of these titles for the summative end-of-year assessment. If you do so, you risk attracting a penalty of 10 marks.