History and Culture A _ 2012-2013

A class blog Patricia Bou. English Studies. UV

Wednesday, 30 November 2011


*Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYOAtqL7rf8


What is the name of theleader that founded the Commonwealth of England
a) Thomas Cromwell
b) John Cromwell
c) Oliver Cromwell

Upon his return, CharlesII punished all those who had opposed to the Crown. T/F

Which of these authorsdoes not belong to the Restoration period:
a) John Milton
b) John Dryden
c) William Shakespeare
d) Johnathan Swift

Charles II allowed womento perform in theatres for the first time (T/F)

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Group Members: Sara Peralta Feltrer, Raül Martínez Gullón and Víctor J. Reyes Mínguez

Questions on "Blacks in the Revolutionary War"

1. True or False:

- The slaves fought besides the whites because they felt the same feeling of independence.
- All slaves that participated in the war got their freedom after that.
- Peter Salem was so-called "Spy for the Cause".
- British were the first enlisting African-Americans in the army.
- The most important black patriotic regiment was part of Pennsylvania colony.

2. Which of these was not an independentist:

a) Lord Dunmore
b) Joseph Murray
c) James Armistead

3. Which of the following was not a loyalist:

a) Boston King
b) Titus Cornelius
c) Crispus Attucks

4. The main reason for the war was:

a) Unfair taxes to pay to Britain
b) Allowed slavery in the new world but not in Europe.
c) Religion differences among Americans

Bibliography and Images














- Emmerich, Roland. The Patriot (2000)

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXMjQWr3Z6Y

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The Lost Continent

Hi everyone!

I would like to recommend you a book I read two years ago. It's from Bill Bryson and it's called 'The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America'. It was on our reading list back in Belgium and I was glad I had to read it, because I enjoyed it a lot! The book tells a story about the author himself, as an adult he decides to redo the trip he did with his family, when he was still a child. While reading, you learn a lot about the geography of the United States. On top of that, the book has a sarcastic and humorous tone, which makes it pleasant and fluent to read. In case you are interested, I will give you a link with further information about it!


Kind regards,

Lien Vandekerckhove

Sunday, 27 November 2011

A funny tribute to Charles II :)

Click here for the lyrics!


Friday, 25 November 2011

The Norman Conquest

The norman conquest


1.- Which of these were the consequences of the Norman Conquest?

a)Introduction of French

b)Establishment of the monarchy

c)Introduction of Feudalism

d) None of these

2.- After The Norman Conquest there was a linguistic change:

a)The common people started to speak French.

b)The aristocracy and the clergy spoke Latin.

c) Everyone took French as the daily language.

d)None of these.

3.- The innovation in architecture was the proliferation of

castles. T/F

4.- The English law system was the same as the Norman law

system. T/F

Members: Christina Munder Estellés and Armonía Hita Garrido


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Project one: China, Britain, and America - A History of their Relations

Group members: Leticia Badía, Luisa Giordano, Jonas Sancho

Questions: (in slideshare)

1. Which event caused the Second Opium War?
a. The promulgation of a law which punished every person who was found trading or consuming opium.
b. The attack of the ship The Arrow from the part of the Chinese authorities.
c. The fact that China was not interested in English goods.
d. The legalization of opium.

2. British-Chinese treaties were called "unequal treaties" because China had no obligations in return.

3. When did the United States fall into a depression and resentment against the Chinese first started?
a. 1862
b 1759
c. 1883

4. Chinese is one of the major sources of borrowings into English



1. .The Puritans did not establish a parallelism between them and the situations in the Bible.

True or false?

2. When did pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower?

a) September 1680

b) September 1520

c) September 1620

3. The puritans encouraged people, even women, to read the Bible and write.
True or false?

4. The Puritans were influenced by the doctrine of…

a) Catholicism
b) Calvinism
c) Judaism


1. FALSE. The Puritans established a parallelism between them and the situations in the Bible.

2. c) September 1620


4. b) Calvinism

Group members: Lucía Català and Ana Esteve.


The Victorian Era: values and social class system


1. Why did prostitution flourish?

b. Because the demand was high, and there was so much poverty.

2. Why were women in such a bad position, independent from the class they belonged to?

b. Because they could not inherit money from their male family members.

3. Why and how did Victoria become queen?

a. Because she was the only one who was able to get children. She was crowned Queen in 1838, but she did not take the throne until the birth of her first daughter in 1840.

4. Which was the largest class and why?

b. The Middle Class. People worked their way up in society by grabbing every new possibility they
could created by the Industrial Revolution.

5. The Victorian era was a very paradoxical time. Which one(s) of these statements is true?

a. Although sexuality was a big taboo, prostitution flourished during Victorian times.
c. On the one hand, the Industrial Revolution made Britain much more wealthy and prosperous, but
on the other hand it made the differences between social classes only larger.

Other group members: Floor Dupont and Lien Vandekerckhove


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Tudor Dynasty

Questions and Answers about the Tudor dynasty (answers included)

1. When was the beginning and the end of the Tudor dynasty?
A) 1485-1603

B) 1200-1326
C) 1458-1603

2. Choose the correct answer: the Tudor monarchs chronologically.

A) Henry VII, Henry VIII, Mary I, Edward VI, Elizabeth I

B) Henry VII, Henry VIII, Richard III, Mary I, Elizabeth I

C) Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I

3. Elizabeth I was the creator of the Anglicanism. T/F

4. The Tower of London served as a prison very frequently during the Tudor period. T/F

5. Choose the most important playwright in the Elizabethan era.

A) Thomas Kyd
B) Christopher Marlowe
C) William Shakespeare

Group members:

Marta Campillo Cañete

Judit Cervera Cañigueral

Dzhuliya Doncheva Doncheva


Project 1:Declaration of Independence

1. One of the main events that led to the necessity of a declaration of independence was:

a) The Civil War

b) The French Indian War

c) The Declaration of Sentiments

2. The Great Awakening was a:

a) social movement

b) political revolution

c) spiritual rebirth

3. The person assigned to write the draft of the Declaration of Independence was

a) John Adams

b) Thomas Jefferson

c) Philip Livingston

4. The Declaration of Independence was signed in

a) Washington D.C

b) New York

c) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

KEY:1b, 2c, 3b,4c

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Elizabethan Period


1. Which was the total number of plays that Shakespeare wrote?

a) 39

b) 37

c) 34

d) 38

2. When was the old Globe Theater built?

a) 1603

b) 1599

c) 1592

d) 1590

3. By the time he wrote his last play in 1613, Shakespeare had helped to establish a new grammar and a much wider vocabulary for the early form of modern English. True/False?

a) True

b) False

4. Was in the Lombard Street the house that Shakespeare bought in London? True/False

a) True

b) False

It was in the Ireland Yard

5. Except for the writers of the Bible, Shakespeare is the most frequently quoted writer in English. True/False?

a) True

b) False


Monday, 21 November 2011

Project One: Victorian Literature


1. Which of these movements did not emerge during the Victorian Era?

a) Marxism
b) Darwinism
c) Materialism
d) Abolitionism

Answer: Abolitionism.

2. The industrialisation process was largely due to improvements in steam engine technology.

True or False?

Answer: True.

3. Which author said the following phrase?

"Man for the field and woman for the hearth, man for the sword and for the needle she, man with the head and woman with the heart, man to command and women to obey."

a) Alfred Lord Tennyson
b) Lewis Carroll
c) Oscar Wilde
d) Charles Dickens

Answer: Alfred Lord Tennyson.

4. The Water Babies, by Charles Dickens, is often considered as a catalyst for the passing of the Married Women's Property Act (1887).

True or False?

Answer: False.

(Group members: Annabel Kay, Ernesto Maravilla, Laura Pons, Rut Villar)


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Oliver Cromwell in cinema

Hello class,

Here I leave some interesting information on two films based on the figure of Oliver Cromwell.

The first is Cromwell (1970), a British masterpiece written and directed by Ken Hughes.
The film starts in 1640 when the discrepances between the monarch Charles I and the Parliament will lead England to a Civil War. Then the narration follows the powerful figure of Oliver Cromwell from the trial and execution of Charles I until 1650 when Cromwell disolves the Parliament of the Republic and establishes a dictatorship.

As usual in this kind of films, Hughes introduces some (minor) variations in the historical events, but the main aim in Cromwell is the characterization of the two protagonists: Richard Harris as Oliver Cromwell and Alec Guiness as Charles I.

I have also added two extraordinary sequences from the film in which the two major characters are portrayed.

1) Charles I execution:

2) Cromwell's last speech and dissolution of the Parliament, as described by Schama:

The other film is a more recent one: To kill a king (2003) directed by Mike Barker. This film focuses on a completely different point of view from the film of 1970: here the action looks at the friendship and later enmity between Oliver Cromwell (Tim Roth) and Sir Thomas Fairfax (Dougray Scott), which was a secondary character in the other version. Here you have the trailer:

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Some interesting videos

1) A scene from the 1970 film "Cromwell," with Richard Harris.

2) A song written by John Cleese about Oliver Cromwell, which appeared on "Monty Python" in 1989. 

2) A documentary about the evolution of the British Monarchy: "Monarchy- The Early Kings" (David Starkey).

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Lord Protector and After

A History of Britain

Schama, Simon. A History of Britain. BBC Series, vol. 3. “Revolutions”


  1. Cromwell called himself” a seeker”; He sought …
  2. Was John Milton a royalist or a supporter of Cromwell (OC, henceforth)?
  3. Who was John Lilburn, the leveller?
  4. What did leveller women organize?
  5. What were the Puritan expectations of women and why were they astounded at leveller women?
  6. OC and Ireland. What happened at Drogheda?
  7. The Stuart dream of a unified Britain – which had started the Civil Wars – had come to an end because OC had made that dream come true – however, not as a united kingdom of Britain but as a …
  8. What is the “Rump Parliament”?
  9. Why did OC shut down parliament in 1653 (coup d’etat)?
  10. He was a king in all but name; his actual title was...
  11. Any good from OC’s days?
  12. 1661, King Charles II was crowned. How is the court described?
  13. 1665 à bubonic plagues / The Great Plague.
  14. What put an end to the Great Plague in London?
  15. After a surge of anti-catholic feeling, how did William of Orange become king?
  16. What is the “Glorious Revolution”?
Find next a video-clip from the series.

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