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Hamlet: After Act 1 and 2(English 30)

Major Response
(30-1)”I know not seems.” In I, ii, 76, Hamlet claims that his grief is real, not just a show. Make a chart of all the occasions in Act 1 and 2 when there is a difference between the way a character seems to be and the way he or she really is. Create your summary with the following headings:

  • The Character
  • The Situation
  • The Appearance
  • The Reality
  • The Reason for Hiding the Truth

Fill in your ideas about the characters’ behaviour and compare your summary with those of other students.

(30-2)Consider whether or not you think Polonius is a good father. Explain which of his actions were right and which were wrong. Create your own description of a good father. Write a letter to Polonius offering him advice about ways he could become a better parent.

Act 1&2 Considerations:

  1. Why did Marcellus and Bernardo ask Horatio to join them during their watch? What character traits does Horatio possess that would suggest they were right in asking him to join them?
  2. Imagine you were a talk show host, interviewing the newly crowned Claudius, King of Denmark. In a series of questions and answers, review the information provided in I,ii.
  3. Describe the Hamlet revealed in I,ii.
  4. Imagine you are an advice columnist and have received a question that deals with Laertes’ or Ophelia’s situation. Write the question and the response using exact phrases from Acts 1&2.
  5. Write a diary entry in which Ophelia or Laertes recounts some of the advice she or he has received and how she or he feels about the advice.
  6. In 1594, Thomas Nashe speculated why the devil often appeared in the likeliness of a parent or relative: “No other reason can be given of it but this, that in those shapes which he supposeth most familiar unto us, and that we are inclined to with a natural kind of love, we will sooner hearken to him than otherwise.” Hamlet’s friends offer him reasons to not trust the apparition of his father. Summarize these reasons. How does Hamlet respond and what does this show about his character?
  7. Knowing what he knows (in I,v), could Hamlet march into the castle and accuse Claudius of Murder? What would happen if Hamlet attempted to kill Claudius immediately? Write a short scene following Act 1 in which Hamlet accuses Claudius or attempts to kill.
  8. Imagine you are Reynaldo, in Paris, and conversing with a Dane about Laertes’ activities. Write a dialogue in which you follow Polonius’ instructions.
  9. Claudius, Gertrude, and Polonius all have differing opinions on the source of Hamlet’s madness. What are they?
  10. Read the First Player’s speech carefully. Outline what it has in common in terms of characters and situations with what has transpired in the Danish court.

Religion 25 Final Exam New Revised

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. You can choose to do only the Short Answer questions you’ve been assigned. The Essay is worth 30%. Your grade will not exceed 100%. Good luck.

Short Answer:

  1. (___/4) What is the difference between Faith and superstition?
  2. (___/1) What was the inscription at Delphi?
  3. (___/2) Is there such thing as Natural Modesty?
  4. (___/2) How can Sophists be objectively wrong?
  5. (___/2) What did the Pre-Socratics think about Fate and Sickness?
  6. (___/6) How are Jesus and Socrates alike?
  7. (___/2) In Greek mythology, who was Hermes?
  8. (___/3) What is the difference between a Sophist and a Philosopher?
  9. (___/2) What did Socrates mean when he said, “He who knows what good is will do good?”
  10. (___/2) Explain Plato’s … “a longing to return to the realm of the soul.”
  11. (___/3) Describe Plato’s Academy.
  12. (___/6) According to Plato, what is the relationship of man to the State?
  13. (___/2) Can you have true knowledge about something in a constant state of change?
  14. (___/2) Who would make a better sculptor, Plato or Aristotle?
  15. (___/2) Are we born with innate ideas?
  16. (___/2) For Aristotle, contrast living and non-living.
  17. (___/2) What does Aristotle mean by “The First Mover”?
  18. (___/5) Indicate the factors that contribute to the formation of a person’s philosophy of life.
  19. (___/2) Why did Sophie’s teacher giver her an A on her Religious knowledge test? Why could he have given her a D?
  20. (___/2) What is the difference between Eastern and Western mysticism?
  21. (___/2 ) Why were Cynics happy?
  22. (___/2) What did Diogenes say to Alexander the Great?
  23. (___/2) Why are legal statutes unnecessary to Stoics?
  24. (___/2) What desire was common to all of the Hellenistic philosophers?
  25. (___/2) Who are the “garden philosophers”? Why?
  26. (___/2) Would Plotinus enjoy basketball or volleyball?
  27. (___/2) What does Aquinas believe are the two paths to God?
  28. (___/1) What inscription did Paul find on an alter?
  29. (___/1) What does “Sophia” mean?
  30. (___/2) When we talk about Socarates and Jesus, what dangers do we come across?
  31. (___/3) Who were the three great kings of Israel?
  32. (___/4) What was Paul’s revolutionary philosophy of God?
  33. (___/2) What was God’s covenant with Abraham and his seed?
  34. (___/6) What is the difference between the Indo-European and Semite origins?
  35. (___/1) What scared Sophie and Joanna about the postcards?
  36. (___/3) Should non-Jews first become Jewish before becoming a Christian?
  37. (___/2) What did Jesus call God that was unprecedented in the Jewish community?
  38. (___/2) Name the capitals of the Eastern and Western Empires?
  39. (___/1) What is the Latin word for Pope?
  40. (___/4) What epochs surrounded the middle ages?
  41. (___/1) The word “Christ” is a Greek translation of what Hebrew word meaning “the anointed one”?
  42. (___/4) Compare and Contrast Plato with St. Augustine.
  43. (___/2) Who was the female follower of Paul?
  44. (___/6) What three cultures emerged from the Divided Roman Empire?
  45. (___/3) “Almost all medieval philosophy centered on this one question.” What is this question?
  46. (___/2) What did St. Augustine say about Free Will?
  47. (___/2) Who was St. Thomas Aquinas’s famous teacher?
  48. (___/2) From where does evil originate?
  49. (___/4) How do you discern God’s will?

Essay
What, if anything, do the cookies we have shared during this class have to do with philosophy? Consider any of the following or come up with your own reasons.

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

Cookies, when did we have cookies? – anonymous absentee student

They are longing to return to the realm of the soul. – 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

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

Attach your completed rubric and “fortune” to your response.
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Religion 25 Final Exam Revised

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. Do only the questions you’ve been assigned. Your grade will not exceed 100%. Mwaahahaa.

Good luck.

  1. (___/4) What is the difference between Faith and superstition?
  2. (___/1) What was the inscription at Delphi?
  3. (___/2) Is there such thing as Natural Modesty?
  4. (___/2) How can Sophists be objectively wrong?
  5. (___/2) What did the Pre-Socratics think about Fate and Sickness?
  6. (___/6) How are Jesus and Socrates alike?
  7. (___/2) In Greek mythology, who was Hermes?
  8. (___/3) What is the difference between a Sophist and a Philosopher?
  9. (___/2) What did Socrates mean when he said, “He who knows what good is will do good?”
  10. (___/2) Explain Plato’s … “a longing to return to the realm of the soul.”
  11. (___/3) Describe Plato’s Academy.
  12. (___/6) According to Plato, what is the relationship of man to the State?
  13. (___/2) Can you have true knowledge about something in a constant state of change?
  14. (___/2) Who would make a better sculptor, Plato or Aristotle?
  15. (___/2) Are we born with innate ideas?
  16. (___/2) For Aristotle, contrast living and non-living.
  17. (___/2) What does Aristotle mean by “The First Mover”?
  18. (___/5) Indicate the factors that contribute to the formation of a person’s philosophy of life.
  19. (___/2) Why did Sophie’s teacher giver her an A on her Religious knowledge test? Why could he have given her a D?
  20. (___/2) What is the difference between Eastern and Western mysticism?
  21. (___/2 ) Why were Cynics happy?
  22. (___/2) What did Diogenes say to Alexander the Great?
  23. (___/2) Why are legal statutes unnecessary to Stoics?
  24. (___/2) What desire was common to all of the Hellenistic philosophers?
  25. (___/2) Who are the “garden philosophers”? Why?
  26. (___/2) Would Plotinus enjoy basketball or volleyball?
  27. (___/2) What does Aquinas believe are the two paths to God?
  28. (___/1) What inscription did Paul find on an alter?
  29. (___/1) What does “Sophia” mean?
  30. (___/2) When we talk about Socarates and Jesus, what dangers do we come across?
  31. (___/3) Who were the three great kings of Israel?
  32. (___/4) What was Paul’s revolutionary philosophy of God?
  33. (___/2) What was God’s covenant with Abraham and his seed?
  34. (___/6) What is the difference between the Indo-European and Semite origins?
  35. (___/1) What scared Sophie and Joanna about the postcards?
  36. (___/3) Should non-Jews first become Jewish before becoming a Christian?
  37. (___/2) What did Jesus call God that was unprecedented in the Jewish community?
  38. (___/2) Name the capitals of the Eastern and Western Empires?
  39. (___/1) What is the Latin word for Pope?
  40. (___/4) What epochs surrounded the middle ages?
  41. (___/1) The word “Christ” is a Greek translation of what Hebrew word meaning “the anointed one”?
  42. (___/4) Compare and Contrast Plato with St. Augustine.
  43. (___/2) Who was the female follower of Paul?
  44. (___/6) What three cultures emerged from the Divided Roman Empire?
  45. (___/3) “Almost all medieval philosophy centered on this one question.” What is this question?
  46. (___/2) What did St. Augustine say about Free Will?
  47. (___/2) Who was St. Thomas Aquinas’s famous teacher?
  48. (___/2) From where does evil originate?

Essay
What, if anything, do the cookies on your desk have to do with philosophy? Consider any of the following or come up with your own reasons.

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 soul. – 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
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

Score your essay according to the following:holistic.png

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Prepare for English Language Arts Finals

For those in the midst, or looking ahead at finals in my LA classes(9, 10-1, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2).

Consider the outcomes we’ve tried to achieve.

Enhancing the artistry of communication has been a strong technical focus. Skills mastered include using online blogging tools, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, even graphical enhancements using Photoshop or audio/video podcasting tools have been included where time permitted and initiative taken. Participation on an online forum has generated a myriad of useful tips/reminders, questions/answers. There will be no speadsheets on the final, the use of Word will be necessary for English 30.

Each course has been structured around Focus Questions and related questions: English 10, English 9.

Emphasis on social networking, peer review/support/criticism has been critical for developing critical thought and reflection for writers defending an idea.

Each course has a reading list: English 10, English 30. Not every title has been studied intensively(or at all), but the proportion of attention paid to those pieces that were studied in class deserve the same level of attention on the final. Of course, those who choose additional literature from the list to focus on in the final deserve to have that initiative rewarded as well. If you choose to focus on Shakespeare, your audience gets tougher, I’ve noticed.

An English 30 paper looking at how the images/symbols/archetypes of Sophocles and Kingsolver relate to personal freedom to would be intriguing. Why not an English 10 paper discussing the threat of fanaticism by comparing the speeches of Mark Antony, Joseph Strorm, and Eamon De valera? What does Søren Kierkegaard have to do with every page you’ve ever read or written?

Extras, everyone should be able to link to Wikipedia for literary terms, difficult vocabulary, or just the odd or eccentric idea; can anyone incorporate the Hayflick Limit into their paper? Everyone has seen video and heard an mp3, but are any daring enough to Podcast their final essay? A carefully edited U2 mp3 snip, an embedded flash video of Ophelia Simpson, a slideshow?

rubric.pngThe only limit is to abide the first line of every rubric you’ve ever attached to any assignment:

I _________________ honestly declare that the work is what I have done. In circumstances when I have quoted a certain authority, I have clearly indicated what is a quote and the author. 

A Blogger’s Code of Ethics contains truths far older than the phenomenon of blogging.

English 30s will have no access to internet, filesharing, etc etc. English 10s can have it all.

The Night Aunt Dottie Caught Elvis’s Scarf When He Tossed It From The Stage Of The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

This exercise is simple: write a poem about a family member meeting a famous person. All of us have such incidents embedded in family history or folklore: the day Dad shook hands with Ike in France; the time Mom spilled coffee on Elizabeth Taylor in a pizza parlour in San Mateo; the night Aunt Dottie caught Elvis’s scarf when he tossed it from the stage of The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. In most cases, our loved ones’ encounters with the famous or powerful tend to be fleeting and bittersweet, however memorable they may later seem — and it’s this aspect of the encounter that helps us to envision our family members in contexts that avoid easy sentimental gestures. These are situations that, in a small way, the forces of public history and private history collide, and these meetings help us to see our loved ones as individuals, not as types.

Guidleines for the exercise:

  1. The encounter can be real or imaginary, but at least should be plausible — no meeting between Cousin Ed and Genghis Khan
  2. The family member, not the famous person, should of course be the protagonist of the poem and it is his or her consciousness that the poem should try to enter or understand.
  3. The writer of the poem should be an effaced presence, understanding the inner workings of the family member’s mind but seeing the family member as a character referred to in the third person (“my father” and not “Dad,” in other words).
  4. The famous person can be anyone in politcs, entertainment, or the arts; JFK to Mel Gibson, Emily Brontë to Madonna
  5. Since the exercise tends to demand a fairly complex profile or portrait of the family member in question, it is best suited to longer poems — at least 30 lines.
  6. Submit completed poems via trackback

My Mother’s Kitchen

  1. Use pencil crayons to draw a picture of your mother’s kitchen.
  2. Put the oven in it, and also something green, and something dead.
  3. Write a poem about your mother’s kitchen.
  4. You are not in this poem, but some female relation – aunt, sister, close friend – must walk into the kitchen during the course of the poem.
  5. Completed poems, with a suitable image(72 dpi, png, lightbox), should appear in your blog and trackback here.

A lesson on single point perspective. Hint: Tiles need an extra diagonal, too.

So I was listening to Music from the Junos . . .(RS25)

The lyrics from K-OS’s, “Heaven Only Knows,” struck a chord with something we had been discussing in class about “mysticism.”

Discuss the following K-OS lyrics based on what we’ve learned when comparing Western and Eastern Mysticism.

Have a careful listen to a variety of current or classic tunes by a variety of recording artists.

Which artists demonstrate our understanding of Western Mysticism, which are clearly Eastern, are any a little of each?

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