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Unformatted text preview: CS 201, Section 1, Final Examination Name June 2, 2009 Stdt. No. Time limit: two hours. Take time to organize your answers and write clearly. Read over the entire exam before starting; you may find some of the quotations helpful in answering other questions. You may answer the questions in any order, but clearly indicate the number of the question in your exam booklet. If you fail to do so, I will not grade your answer. Return this exam sheet with your booklet. Part A (50 percent): Answer one of the two following essay topics: first, identify the author of the quotation, then write an essay comparing and contrasting the author’s views with two of any of the other authors we have read since the mid-term: 1. “For this reason it is a difficult business to be good; because in any given case it is difficult to find the mid-point—for instance, not everyone can find the center of a circle; only the man who knows how. So too it is easy to get angry——anyone can do that—or to give and spend money; but to feel or act towards the right person the right extent at the right time for the right reason in the right way—that is not easy, and it is not everyone that can do it.” When you write your essay explain this author’s view about virtue and a person’s actions in society, comparing and contrasting it with the views of two other authors. Conclude with a brief description of the kind of society each author advocates. 2. “And further, we have often heard it said and often said ourselves that justice consists in minding your own business and not interfering with other people.” In this essay compare and contrast the relationship of the individual to society expressed in this quotation with any two of the other authors we have read since the mid-term. You may consider society to be a community at any level, from a circle of friends to a state. Who or what determines the relationship? What kind of society do these philosophers advocate? Part B (40 percent): Answer four of the following, identifying the author or source of the quotation and explaining its meaning and its relationship to the work as a whole. Each answer should be concise—no more than one paragraph. 3. “My friends, this is not the first trouble we have known. We have suffered worse than before, and this too shall pass. God will see to it. You have been to Scylla’s cave and heard the mad dogs howling in the depths of it. You have even survived rocks thrown by the Cyclops. So summon up your courage once again. This is no time for gloom or fear. The day will come, perhaps, when it will give you pleasure to remember even this. . . . Your task is to endure and save yourselves for better days.” These were his words, but he was sick with all his cares. He showed them the face of hope and kept his misery deep in his heart.” 4. “You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man.” 5. “The object of our legislation,” I reminded him again, “is not the special welfare of any particular class in our society, but of the society as a whole; and it uses persuasion and compulsion to unite all citizens and make them share together the benefits which each individually can confer on the community; and its purpose in fostering this attitude is not to leave everyone to please himself, but to make each man a link in the unity of the whole.” 6. “But Venus makes their suffering light in the midst of love, and Pleasure, mingled in, curbs back the bite. For herein lies the hope: they think that they can quench the fire by means of the same body that ignited their desire, something nature contradicts with all her might. For love is Unique: the more we have of it, the more it’s not enough and the more calamitous desire sets the heart aflame.” 7. “If I had been the mother of children or if my husband died, exposed and rotting—I’d never have taken this ordeal upon myself, never defied our people’s will. What law, you ask, do I satisfy with what I say? A husband dead, there might have been another. A child by another too, if I had lost the first. But mother and father both lost in the halls of Death, no brother could ever spring to light again.” 8. “Perhaps we had better examine the universal, and consider critically what is meant by it; although such a course is awkward, because the Forms were introduced by friends of ours. Yet surely it would be thought better, or rather necessary (above all for philosophers) to refute, in defence of the truth, even views to which one is attached; since although both are dear, it is right to give preference to the truth.” Part C (Ten percent): Answer one of the following in one short paragraph—about five or six sentences. 9. Define the philosophy of stoicism. 10. Explain the significance of the olive tree described at the end of The Odyssey. ...
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