Week 16 Discussion Questions

Answer one question from each topic.

First Impressions

  1. Did you enjoy the readings?
  2. Which and what was your favorite reading and why?
  3. What were your general impressions while reading the readings?

Paradise Lost Book 1

  1. What are some similarities we see in Milton’s Paradise Lost to Beowulf, “Dr. Faustus”, and Utopia?
  2. Why the story of the “Fallen”?
  3. How well does Milton justify the ways of God?

Paradise Lost Book 9

  1. What do you believe Milton was trying to achieve by creating a “voice” for the serpent and Eve? Who does not have one in the Bible?
  2. How does the serpent tempt Eve into eating the forbidden fruit in Garden of Eden? What was the reason behind this?

Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women

  1. What is the general argument behind “Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women” and why do you think this is?
  2. Why does Lanyer seem to put the blame on men?
  3. How does power come into play in “Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women”?


  1. How does the fall of man connect to both “Eve’s Apology in Defense to Women” and Paradise Lost?
  2. What are the reading’s attitudes to religion?


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