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This essay exam is open-book. Both Johnson’s translation of the Iliad and Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” are accessible through blackboard. Everything you write will be checked against Safe Assign, which is quite sensitive. We also have subscriptions to Course Hero and other websites which offer plagiarized essays. I do check. See the consequences for academic dishonesty on your syllabus. I promise that google will not have what I am looking for in this exam. It is always better to struggle through an essay in language which makes sense to you rather than to copy something which won’t ring true to your classroom performance. I will grade you not on English but instead on how attentively you have pondered the themes discussed in class, and how well you recognize them in the epic. Good idea to recheck the powerpoints and be sure to show off your new Greek vocabulary (e.g., menis, therapon, charme). The key to doing well is to reference numerous passages and events in the Iliad which support your points of comparison. Cite book and lines (e.g, the menis of Achilles (1.1)). We will prep for all this in class. Write one essay: Tim Obrien and the Iliad: Tim Obrien’s “How to tell a true war story” is a Vietnam era tale, but it clearly mimics the themes of the Iliad. We have discussed these themes in class and you have materials on them on blackboard. You are to describe four (4) Iliad-relevant themes in Obrien’s story and find MULTIPLE PASSAGES in the Iliad which illustrate it. Write out or describe in detail the Iliad’s passages which match incidents and themes in Obrien’s story. The point is to show me that you know the Iliad. As noted above, don’t forget to show off your new Greek vocabulary (e.g., menis, therapon, charme – see studyguides and ppts).


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