Mid-Year Exam 2015-16
Part One: Comprehensive Grammar/Vocabulary Test (20 points) (20 minutes)
(This section of the exam will be closed book.)
Part Two: Essay Section (80 points) (90 minutes)
(The rest of the exam will be open book, open notes. The only rule is you have to write your own essay in your own words and complete it during the time allotted for the exam.)
Take care to write the very best essays that you are capable of producing. Make sure that your essay presents a clear thesis statement, that you organize it into a persuasive argument, and that you find good, specific evidence from the texts to support your points. Quote the text!
Explain the philosophical purpose of Voltaire’s satire on the moral beliefs of the Enlightenment in Candide.
As you generate a thesis statement about Voltaire’s point, see if you can answer the following questions:
The second essay question on the exam will ask you to choose a group artists, philosophers, and characters from the literature that we have studied this semester and have them respond to philosophical questions raised by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Each of the thinkers will evaluate Shakespeare’s depiction of human nature in Macbeth
Below you will find a list of artists, philosophers and characters arranged in groups according to historical period (Pre-Socratic Greek, Periclean Athens, The Roman World: Stoicism, Judaism and Christianity, The Medieval World, The Renaissance, and The Enlightenment. You will need to choose a number of them to participate in your cosmic salon discussion of Macbeth.
See Responses to The Problem of Evil.
Choose two from each of the major groups in the following list:
The Golden Age of Athens:
The Roman World:
The Medieval World:
The Renaissance World:
The Enlightenment World: