Optional extra-credit assignment on Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progess
You may do either of the two options below. For a really good job, you can earn up to 10 points extra credit. That is, these points will be added to your total, but will not count in the denominator (of "total points possible") by which your total points earned at the end will be divided to calculate your percentage. This assignment is optional only, not required. If you decide to do it, the deadline for submitting it is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 15, under my office door, at Denison 109.
Option 1: Hand in the notes you took on Study Guides 1 through 6 for The Pilgrim's Progress. (This takes you up through p. 97 of our text of the story). Append to this a brief summary of the rest of the story (i.e., Part One of TPP, i.e., through p. 133 in our text). This could be about a paragraph long. You should cite the main episodes that occur between Christian's and Hope's escape from the dungeon of the Giant Despair and the end.
Option 2: Compare and contrast the conception of pilgrimage in the St. Peter complex as brought to completion by Bernini with the conception of pilgrimage in Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Topics to consider: (a) What is the process God has decreed for sinful individuals to get back to God? (b) Who will succeed? (c) What are some of the ways Bunyan expresses his disagreement with the idea that good works can contribute to salvation, and that the only factor in personal salvation is an arbitrary act of divine grace? (d) How does the structure of the setting of the Chair of St. Peter express a Catholic notion of the operation of God's grace? If you choose this option, figure on writing a good couple of pages, single-spaced, with standard one-inch margins (assuming 12-point type). Of course this is a guideline to let you know when you might need to go into more depth and/or detail. But you should take it seriously.
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