fter reading stanzas 1-7, 21-30, and 197-201 (you may wish to read the entire passage or other areas as well), answer the following three questions in 200 words or more. Be sure to include direct quotations and citations of Michael Wigglesworth (70% of grade).
- In our previous work, we have defined the major tenets of Puritan beliefs. (Review the opening videos in section 3 if you need a refresher). Point to specific passages of Wigglesworth’s poem that use these tenets; state how he shows these tenets actually working. Why might Wigglesworth have written this for his audience?
- As discussed by Elisa New and Jonathan Walton in their discussion, why do you think this work was so popular? Refer to the videos, too. (See the optional materials under Michael Wigglesworth for Part II of the New/Walton discussion.)
- What relationship might such a poem have on our time today? The point of this question is to think about how this poem underscores the role of faith and the public life in American society. Avoid saying something like, “I believe in judgement day too.” Such responses will not gain any points for this question. This will assist you in answering point five if you see this quote on your test.
Be sure to cite the poem in your discussion board. Here is some help on citing poetry: http://lib.pstcc.edu/c.php?g=106731&p=693754. Also, be sure to quote and cite the Jonathan Walton-Elisa New video.
Please pose a reflective question to your peers, one they can answer in their replies. (10 percent of grade)
After completing your main post, be sure to reply to two of your peers (100 words each, 10% of grade each). Answer their reflective question. Additionally, what did you think of their post? Be sure to do more than say “good job.”
If you are unsure how to cite poetry, be sure to review this source: http://lib.pstcc.edu/c.php?g=106731&p=693754
Here’s how to cite poetry in-text, too: http://lib.pstcc.edu/c.php?g=106731&p=693757#Poems
You may also want to reflect on the following questions to guide your thinking:
- How and why does the Judgment Day surprise the people, in stanzas 1 through 7?
- As people are brought forward to judgement, in stanzas 21 through 30, how does Wigglesworth imagine them being divided, then further subdivided?
- What do stanzas 197 through 201 show readers about natural relations between people in families? Why?
This discussion board should take about 20 minutes, and while there is no direct objective linked to this activity, students will practice their annotation skills learned and consider Puritan ideas that still inform contemporary American society.