Sample Midterm Answers from Midterm 2010

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Sample Midterm Answers from Midterm #2 Spring 2010 Note: OK, now each passage has either a sample good answer from a student or a bit of explanation from me. Thanks again to those of you who let me use your work. I’m sorry I didn’t get more exams so I could have gotten more perspectives, but many of you weren’t in class the day I collected them. Next time I’ll record some good answers before I hand them back. 1) “Enkidu accepted her advice, and when he had eaten and drunk he was happy. He then cut his hair, oiled his body, and put on the customary clothing of a man. He became truly human, and he looked like a young noble. ‘Before we leave for Uruk,’ he said, ‘I shall use my weapon to kill the wolves and the lions so the shepherds can rest at night.’ ” “The passage ‘Enkidu accepted her advice . . .’ is towards the beginning of the ancient epic Gilgamesh. Before this scene, Enkidu was more of an animal than human, but with the temptation and care from the woman, he became a man. This is a pivotal scene in that Enkidu who once saved the animals from the farmers was in turn saving the farmers from the animals. This shows Enkidu’s conversion into ‘human’ was complete. As sad as it appears that Enkidu lost his animal instincts and companions, he was needed to convert the arrogant king Gilgamesh into a man, not a self-proclaimed god.” (Chelsea) So this relates to transformations and the responsibilities and temptations of power. 2) “Walking down the street at night, when you’re all alone, you can still hear, stirring in the intermingled branches of the trees above, the ardent prayer of Baucis and Philemon. They whisper: ‘Let me die the moment my love dies.’ They whisper: ‘Let me not outlive my own capacity for love.’ They whisper: ‘Let me die still loving, and so, never die.’ ” “This passage is from Metamorphoses, dealing with one of the central themes of the work: love. Baucis and Philemon’s whisperings regarding love are powerful, in that they state that life and love are inseparable, or at least that they should be so. Really they are not just talking about romantic love or their love for each other. In their story, Baucis and Philemon unselfishly help Hermes and Zeus, even though they believe them to be beggars, and have less to give than everyone else in the town. This is an act of love and sacrifice on their part, as giving in such a way is always loving. They are transformed into trees, which is important, not only because they get to live forever intertwined, but because trees represent longevity, memory, life, and giving (of shade, oxygen, food, etc.), which are the ideals of love.” (Ian) 3) “Please understand our intent. None of you are here for punishment. You’re here for education. [. . . .] The powers we have . . . the things we do . . . They’re meant to inspire ordinary citizens . . . not intimidate them. Not terrify them. [. . . .] We cannot act as judge and jury. We adhere to a moral code based on the preservation of life. . . .” (Superman)
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