Final Week

May 12, 2009

This marks my last week of exams for Sophomore year, and my last week in the States before I head on home.

If you’ve forgotten what it’s like to take final exams in college, check out this paper that Professor Snay gave us in my American Intellectual History class which covers U.S. history from the Puritans to the Civil War. It’s called, “The Final I Wish I Could Give.”

1. Prove you are one of the Elect, but avoid both Antinomian and Arminian extremes.

2. Compare and contrast Dr. Snay and God as supreme authorities in the Universe. Who, in your opinion, better illustrates complete Goodness and Omnipotence?

3. Write a treatise on true virtue, providing detailed evidence from both Old and New Testaments.

4. Psychoanalyze thinker, Nathan Cole, and cure him of his delusions.

5. Rewrite the United States Constitution. Resolve the problem of minority rights in a democracy.

6. Writing in the literary form of the heroic couplet, describe the poetic aesthetic of New England Federalists in the early nineteenth century. Make sure th ten feet of the couplet are kept as closely iambic as possible.

7. Based on the philosophy and tactics of William Lloyd Garrison, choose one contemporary social evil and abolish it.

8. Taking on the persona of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Seer/Sayer, describe the Oversoul in this class. Be sure to explain how it includes all seventeen students.

9. Following the ideology of the Hudson River School of painters, paint a landscape using the scenery of the Hudson River. Re-present tree stumps, both iconographically, and iconologically. Include the Sublime. You might find it necessary to travel to New York for this question.

10. Write a short story that explores the use of imagination and inaugurates a new national literature. You are NOT allowed to use any hallucinogenic agents in writing this essay.

EXTRA CREDIT: Like Thoreau, go to the woods, live deliberately. Front only the essentials of life, and see if you can learn what it has to teach, and not, when you come to die, discover that you have not lived.