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Homework for Friday, April 17

April 16, 2015

No homework tonight. Enjoy!!

Homework for Wednesday, April 15

April 13, 2015

Read “Hector defeats Patroclus” and “Achilles grieves”.


Homework for Monday, April 13

April 10, 2015

For homework this week-end I would like you to download and print the Iliad excerpts we have read so far. Using your class notes highlight the passages that correspond to the big themes we have discussed – war stories, Greek cosmogony and everyday life. Use this as preparation for your test next week. Additionally read Book 6 lines 462-660 keeping in mind those same themes.


Homework for Friday April 10

April 8, 2015

Below you will find attached some excerpts from the Iliad. For homework please read Book IV lines 489-630 which starts on the ninth page of the file. Pay close attention to the description of the battle. Understand the use of epic simile (look up that term if you need to) and how Homer uses it to describe the scene. Also pay close attention to the death of Simoisius. Does its description make you think of anything else we’ve read?


Homework for Wednesday, April 8

April 7, 2015

First, I would like you to take a look at the theses your classmates prepared today and vote on the one you like best. They are attached below. Cast your vote by emailing me at by 10 PM tonight. You may not vote for your own.







Second, in preparation for our beginning The Iliad  in class tomorrow, please review the plot summary (posted below) and familiarize yourself with the character list and description (also posted below). I want to hit the ground running on Tuesday, so please have a firm grasp of how and why the Trojan War started and at what point in the war The Iliad picks up the story. Additionally have available in class – either by printing the second file or by transcribing the characters into your notes – the names and relationships of the main characters so that you can refer to them while we are listening to the poem.

Iliad context and summary

characters in the Iliad

Homework for Tuesday, April 7

April 3, 2015

The attached assignment is presented in three power point slides. The third slide has some biographical information on Joseph DeMaistre that could help you with the assignment. Enjoy.


Homework for Friday, April 3rd

April 2, 2015

Please read the attached file “How to Tell a True War Story”. I would like you to focus on O’Brien’s use of paradox in his effort to explain the meaning of war. That will be the focus of our discussion when we return. When you have finished the reading, do the following:

1. Have a firm understanding of the plots of the several war stories that O’Brien recounts. Write down the plot outline for each story and its main characters.

2. In two or three sentences, answer the question, “What is a true war story?” In class discussion be ready to reference plot points from question #1 that “prove” your answer.

3. List and explain  the inherent paradoxes that O’Brien uses to explain the meaning of war?

To help you with number #3, I offer this quick primer on the definition of a paradox with some examples:

Paradox:  A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

Zeno’s Paradox: You will never reach point B from point A as you must always get half-way there, and half of the half, and half of that half, and so on…” (This is also a paradox of the infinite)

Paradox of evil: The existence of evil seems to be incompatible with the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect God.

Core Value of the St. Albans Athlete (Excellence):  A St. Albans athlete realizes that the more we think only about winning, the less we will win. The more we think about those things which we can control – our work ethic, our behavior, and our positive support for each other – the better we will perform.

How to Tell a True War Story text final


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