Month: March 2011

Pollution Solution

Write a letter to an MP or MLA to urge better pollution control.

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Giving Up Personal Freedoms

Name some examples of people giving up personal freedoms in a time of war. Can you think of an instance when this can become problematic?

Human Nature

What is your view of human nature? Do you think that there is such a thing as human nature? Explain.

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State of Nature in LOTF

Read Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Do you think Golding is suggesting that the state of nature is more like Hobbes’ than it is Locke’s? How would you organize society if you were one of the stranded boys?

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Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Watch the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985), directed by George Miller. How does this movie envision the state of nature?

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Bad Things, Good People

Describe something bad that happened to a good person you know. Do you think it happened for a reason? Is life supposed to be fair or unfair? Explain.

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Livestrong Lance Armstrong

Investigate the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation. Write a post promoting their mission.

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Suffering Around the World

Watch/read the world news and make a list of the suffering around the world. Create a post in your blog detailing issues of suffering around the world.

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The Day Bob Dylan Showed Up On Your Front Lawn

Read this true story about Bob Dylan’s surprise visit to the childhood Winnipeg home of Neil Young. Imagine a rock star has just showed up on your front lawn under similar circumstances. Write the story.

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Solutions to Suffering

Interview a local priest or minister about the problem of suffering. Write a speech providing solutions to the problem.

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Dear God

Listen to the song Dear God by XTC. What do you think it is trying to say? Dear God, XTC

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Time Bandits

Watch the movie Time Bandits (1981) by Terry Gilliam. Do you think humor is a good way to deal with the problem of suffering?

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Suffering Makes You Stronger

Write a short story to test the claim that suffering makes you stronger.

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Change Is Within You

Describe a change you have noticed in yourself lately. Do you think you discovered it buried deep in you all along or do you think you invented it? How could you prove it?

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Who Are You?

Write a letter to a friend explaining who you think they really are?

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RS 9: A Walk to Remember Assignment

Answer ALL of the following questions.  Your answer for question #1 should be two or three sentences.  Your answer for questions #2, 3, and 4  must be five to ten or more sentences long.  Answer it in a word document,

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RS 9 Reflection 3: A Walk to Remember

Answer the following two questions.  Your answers for both questions must be a minimum of five to ten or sentences.   Place your response in a word document, save it, and either print it off and hand in or e-mail it to

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RS 9 Reflection 2: A Walk to Remember

Answer the following two questions.  Your answers for both questions must be a minimum of five to ten or sentences.  Answer it in a word document, save it, and either print it off and hand in or e-mail it to me.

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RS 9 Reflection 1: A Walk to Remember

Answer the following two questions.  Your answer must be five to ten or more sentences long.  Place your answer it in a word document, save it, and either print it off and hand in or e-mail it to me.  The rubric

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Autobiographical Story

Write an autobiographical story that reveals who you really are.

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Does Essence Precede Existence?

Watch three different biography programs on TV or video and write an essay, discussing whether they prove that essence precedes existence or the other way around.

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Who Are You?

Write a letter to yourself describing who you want to be in one year and arrange for someone to mail it to you in one year.

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Record Your Dreams

Start a record of your dreams. What do they tell you about who you are or who you want to be?

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The Meaning of Life

Watch the movie, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life(1983), directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Is there an argument in the humor?

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The Most Important Choice of All

Suppose there is a genie with the power to turn back time to before you were born. She gives you the opportunity to decide who you want to be. Would you choose to be you? If so, does this show

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The Next Dr. Frankenstein

Suppose you are going to make a monster out of body parts robbed from graves. For the monster’s brain, you will use the brain of a dead criminal. Little did you know that this criminal’s last thought before dying was

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An Island of Your Very Own

For your birthday, your best friend gives you a lottery ticket. “It may only have cost a dollar,” he says, “but if you win, you will become the sole owner of a beautiful tropic island, along with 1 billion dollars

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The Grandchildren That Never Where

It is the year 2100. In the year 2090, World War III began. In the year 2095, a biological weapon that destroys the human immune system only was released and used by both sides in the war. As a result,

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Desert Dessert

Imagine that you are babysitting a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old. The parents have left some treats for dessert: two bananas, a lollipop, and an ice cream bar. The parents instructions were to allow each child to choose one treat. Unfortunately,

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The Pleasure Centers

Imagine scientists have mapped out the pleasure centers of the brain, so they know exactly which brain cells “fire” when you experience the pleasure associated with eating and drinking, exercise, sex, etc. Suppose further that the scientists can insert electrodes

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Time Traveling Yourself Out of Existence

Imagine you’ve been studying the history of warfare in the 20th century. Then you travel back in time to 1939 and tell someone how the Nazis could win World War II. Suppose your information is overheard by someone else who

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The Xtreme Zone

Research the Milgram experiment, read about the game show “The Game of Death“. What ideas about obedience to authority and societal dependance is Shakespeare suggesting in Hamlet? Watch the CBC documentary. http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/passionateeyeshowcase/video.html?ID=1851450627 http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/passionateeyeshowcase/2011/gameofdeath/   February 2013 Update: I am unable

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Turning it over to God (This is What Faith is) Story

Read the following story about trusting (having faith) in God totally. It is an excerpt from a book titled Those who Trust in the Lord Shall not be Disappointed. Then address the questions below. Our car was stolen out from

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Is Faith Beneficial?

Read the following and then send me your response to the question in the comment space. Koenig H.G, et al. 1998. The relationship between religious activities and blood pressure in older adults. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 28: 189-213. The relationship

The Mob and the Scapegoat

On a hot summer evening, Thomas is driving through a central Alberta city where two racially motivated murders have just occurred. Mobs have formed, and it looks as if there will be riots with severe loss of life if nothing

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Just the Way You Are

Imagine that it is the year 2050 and it has become popular to select children that are tall and have clear skin. Your parents, however, could not afford genetic selection, and you are short and have acne. Imagine further that

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The Nature of Art

Suppose you find a beautiful rock formation while out in the woods. Experts study it and declare that it is a statue made by a primitive and now extinct group of people. So, you donate it to an art museum,

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Seeing Beauty

Imagine you are on a tour of an art museum. The guide stops your group in front of a painting, “Isn’t it beautiful?” she asks. You look at your friend Alec and shrug your shoulders. He says, “Whatever.” The guide

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The Replacement Brother

Suppose you have a brother named Jimmy whom you love very much. One day, a crazy magician kills Jimmy, but then instantly replaces him with an exact copy. This copy is the same as Jimmy in every way, including implanted

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