Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 374. Saturday, 19 June 1993.
From: Tom Derrick <
Date: Friday, 18 Jun 93 15:03:07 EST
Subject: Explicating Shakespeare: O thou dull god
In 1991 the Educational Testing Service used Henry's soliloquy on insomnia (2H4
3.1.1-31) as part of an Advanced Placement exam taken by about 90,000 high
school students. For an essay about I. A. Richards' Shakespeare criticism, I am
interested in hearing of other large-scale tests requiring close reading of a
Shakespearean passage. Do the O or A level exams or Open University exams in
Britain, for example, test students' ability to explicate Shakespeare? What
about the National Teachers exam in the U.S.? By large-scale tests, I mean
examinations given to more than 30 people, say, at one sitting.
Tom Derrick "It is not madness
That I have utt'red. Bring me to the test,
And I the matter will reword, which madness
Would gambol from."