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As a reminder the final exam is on Thursday, July 28. You will have from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM that day to complete it. The exam will be posted at 12:00PM that day and you may access it as a regular assignment through ASSIGNMENTS on the menu. Please finish by 7:00pm the lastest so i can email him it so please this is just a heads up on what u need to be prepare for july 28th 12-7pm u got the chance to finish the essay.
There will be TEN exam questions requiring short answers in this open-book exam. This is not a multiple choice, or short-essay-answer exam. You are tested upon your knowledge on the two epics and all related essays you have read.
In anticipation of the final exam, below please find a list of terms and topics I would like you to review.
Texts you should review for the final exam:
-The Odyssey (Introduction by Wilson and poem) YOU MUST BE CITING EXAMPLES FROM THE ASSIGNED EMILY WILSON TRANSLATION TO SUCCEED IN THIS EXAM.
-The Epic of Gilgamesh (Intro by Sandars and poem) YOU MUST BE CITING EXAMPLES FROM THE ASSIGNED N. K. SANDARS TRANSLATION TO SUCCEED IN THIS EXAM.
-Plain Style (only the assigned chapters, NOT the introduction)
– “Effective Reading, Readable Writing”
– “Story of Writing”
– “Memory and Literature”
-All posted clusters of notes on both epics.
Be familiar with the TIME PERIODS we discussed earlier on in the term -when, where they happened, major characteristics and to which of the works you’ve read they correspond. Particularly, be able to tell when each of the two epic poems you studied was composed and in which period the story of each poem takes place. As we discussed, one of the main characteristics of epic poetry is that it is never about its own time, but about a distant past. The time of composition, thus, differs from the time the story takes place. Be able to identify both.
Be familiar with the poems’ plots, characters and themes. REVIEW AGAIN MAIN POINTS AND DEFINITIONS WE HAVE DISCUSSED RELATED TO:
-Main categories of writing *hint: they are only two)
-Genres of literature (epic, novel etc.)
-Main characteristics of epic poetry (I outlined the whole list in my notes)
-Difference between verse and prose
-Use of italics in a text
Once again, be familiar with all following topics, as discussed in class and explained in various essays I have posted, as well as in the INTRODUCTION of the Odyssey by Wilson: -Who is the Muse? (P. 1)
-What does medias res mean? (3)
-Who was Homer? (5)
-What is a Homeric Epithet? (6)
-What is the so-called Homeric Question? (7)
-What do they mean and what is the difference between the Analytic and the Unitarian schools? (9)
-How memory, originality and repetition define literature in oral and literate cultures? (10)
-When was the Odyssey composed? What does it say about the Greek people of its period? (13)
-What is the Homeric world’s geography (both real and imaginative) and the whereabouts of Odysseus? (16)
-What is the effect of archaeology and the impact of Schliemann on The Odyssey? (18)
-How Hospitality works in the ancient Greek world and why is it so paramount in The Odyssey? (23)
-What is the meaning of Metis and its connection with the poem? (36)
-Role of women in The Odyssey – both mortals and goddesses (37).
-Why and how fidelity is presented as a female characteristic in the poem? (40)
-What is the meaning of Ithaca?
-Why has it captured the imagination of so many writers and artists after Homer?