NRSV Religion 25 Final Exam 2008

Would God enjoy a game of Bingo? Yahtzee? Battleship? Texas Hold’em? Would God enjoy the lottery?

Just a random (rhetorical) thought.

Anyway, determine which questions have been randomly assigned to you(open your fortune cookie). Do only the questions you’ve been assigned. If your fortune cookie has a “bonus”, your response to that question will be scored as a bonus as well. Your grade will not exceed 100%. Mwaahahaa.

Good luck. I mean it.

If you would rather answer all questions, go right ahead.

  1. What is a cookie for?
  2. Is there a single basic substance of which all cookies are made?
  3. Do cookies change?
  4. Do forces exist outside the cookie that determine its “cookie-ness”?
  5. Why do bad things happen to good cookies?
  6. Can a cookie be evil?
  7. What is the role of a single cookie amongst a plate of cookies?
  8. Are any two cookies identical?
  9. How ought a cookie behave?
  10. Can a cookie not be a cookie?
  11. What is the relationship between a good recipe and a good cookie?
  12. What is the relationship between a good baker and a good recipe?
  13. What is the relationship between a good baker and a good cookie?
  14. By sensing only the cookie, what can be reasoned about the baker?
  15. What being first said, “This shall be a cookie!”?
  16. What do all future cookies have in common with the “first cookie”?
  17. What do all bakers have in common with the first baker?
  18. What came first: the cookie, or the recipe, or the baker?
  19. Is there a single source of all cookies?
  20. Can the same cookie be eaten twice?
  21. What cookie would be so good that you would give up being the King of Persia?
  22. What forces bind and separate cookies?
  23. Could a cookie be made of stuff that was boundless?
  24. What four basic elements are in every cookie?
  25. If there were no more cookies, would there still be a baker?
  26. Would the ultimate cookie-baker only choose one kind of cookie to bake, ever?
  27. Should the recipes for the best cookies be kept secret? or sold to the highest bidder? or shared without conditions?
  28. Where do cookies belong?
  29. If you met a sophist selling cookies, would you buy one?
  30. How is a cookie like an atom?
  31. Would you know if you’ve eaten a cookie made from rarefied air?
  32. Who would bake better cookies, Plato or Aristotle? Describe Plato’s cookie.
  33. If all good cookies ever baked get eaten, would we still know what is a good cookie?
  34. Why would a baker still struggle to bake poor cookies under conditions which make it impossible to bake good cookies?
  35. Why do bakers bake cookies in batches rather than one at a time?
  36. Is the intent of the baker relevant to what you do with a cookie?
  37. Why do bakers seem reluctant to come out of the kitchen and follow their cookies to where they are eaten?
  38. Should you be able to tell the difference between a “homemade” cookie made with care, love, compassion, kindness, and a cookie made by an industrial machine?
  39. Do you remember the best cookie you ever ate? Should you?
  40. When will you taste again the best cookie you ever tasted?
  41. Can you tell the difference between a rich cookie and a poor cookie? Should there be poor cookies?
  42. Are there cookies anywhere else in the universe?
  43. How is it possible for two bakers in different places, who don’t know each other, to make similar cookies?
  44. Should rain forests be destroyed to make room for more cookies?
  45. Should there be more songs sung about cookies?
  46. Should cookies be afraid of cookie monsters?
  47. If you were deserted on an island, and found a cookie, what would you do with the cookie?
  48. When a baker finds that they have more cookies than what fits the cookie jar, what should be done with the extra cookies?
  49. You are an inmate in a prison. A sadistic guard wants your last cookie, if you don’t give it to him he will not only eat your cookie but some other innocent inmate’s cookie as well. You don’t have any doubt that he means what he says. What should you do?

Essay
What, if anything, do the cookies we’ve shared this term have to do with philosophy? Consider any of the following or come up with your own reasons. Respond in the form of an essay. Inject your own humor, wit, personality, voice.

Fate put them here and it is their destiny to be eaten – Pre Socratics
They are a message from the Gods. – Hermes
They were bought and paid for. – Sophists
They are longing to return to the realm of the cookie. – Plato
They are from Delphi – Know Thy Cookie!
They are created by a First Baker. – Aristotle
I don’t know. – Socrates
It’s better than Hemlock. – Socrates
The existence of appetite shows man’s place in society. – Plato
Cookies? What cookies? These are mere shadows. – Plato
These cookies will not eat themselves, they are nonliving. – Aristotle
Why do my cookies have tiny holes in them and why are they a bit damp around the edges? – Sophie
The abundance of cookies only demonstrates the appeal of a Golden Mean. – Aristotle
The abundance of cookies demonstrates that the ideal is immutable. – Plato
The cookies are here because the task was required for homework. – Sophie’s Teacher.
The cookies are a portal to a parallel hyper-reality in which we are the ideas. – Alberto Knox
_______ __ ___ _______ _____.– read fortune in cookie

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