I managed to post an assignment on time! Yay! This means that I’m truly caught up on the world lit class. I do still need to finish actually reading the Aeneid, which I just wrote about, but I can do that tomorrow.
KSU FINALLY has my midterm. The testing coordinator emailed it to them. Why couldn’t she just do that in the first place? Anyway, I’m scheduled to take it Saturday morning.
We have a 400–600 word “paper” to do on this unit. It’s supposed to compare Greece and Roman cultures as shown in the pieces we’ve read—The Odyssey, Medea, and the Aeneid. We’re to submit a rough draft of it this coming Monday.
Um, what? We aren’t talking about a doctoral thesis! As the professor hasn’t been given us any feedback on assignments in general, what is the purpose of the rough draft? There is no mechanism set up to ask for feedback from our classmates on the papers, either. (Not that I’d be likely to find that valuable, judging from what I’ve seen of their work.)
Actually, I just noticed that we had a choice of doing the unit 3 or the unit 4 writing assignment.
I did the assignment for unit 3. I think I might have been the only person to do so, since I didn’t see anyone else posting theirs in the assigned folder. However, it involved comparing two of the works we read for that unit, and I chose the Analects of Confucius and the Ramayana. The professor later said, “Oh, didn’t I tell you? You didn’t have to read the Ramayana.” I’m not entirely certain she’ll be happy with an essay that’s based on one of the works she unassigned (without telling us anywhere that I could find.)
Since I know that I’m likely to be graded down because of the delays in getting started, I’ll probably do both. That way IF she doesn’t like my essay for unit 3, I have another chance. It isn’t as if it’s going to take long to write the unit 4 essay in any case. (I have trouble referring to such a tiny thing as a “paper.”)