Instructions: Please answer all questions in examination booklets. Sign
and Number Booklets and write your preceptor's name on the cover of each.
Answers to parts I and II should be brief and to the point, even
telegraphic in style.
I. Identifications (1/4 hour. 15%)
CHOOSE 5 of the following 8 concepts or figures and identify or define
them concisely; mention any works we have read in which they play a
CHOOSE 8 of the following 10 passages and identify: (1) the work, (2) the
author, (3) approximate date, (4) the speaker(s)/listener(s) and (5) the
general context from which the passage is taken. Indicate (6) briefly any
themes in the passages that figure prominently in the work as a whole.
CHOOSE one of the questions below and answer it in a coherent essay. You
might first jot down your thoughts and put them in an outline before
writing the finished essay. Please support your theses by referring as
specifically as possible to relevant texts.
1. Many of the books read this term were concerned with revising or
criticizing their society's traditions, be these traditions
philosophical, political, literary or religious. Choose three such works
(e.g. by the author of Job, Sophocles, Plato, Matthew, Ovid, Vergil) and
describe the traditions that are subjected to scrutiny and the
significance of the revisions/critiques the author proposes.
2. What is the place of emotion in the lives of (choose four) Achilles,
Odysseus, Socrates (esp. in Symposium), Kreon (in Antigone), Oedipus,
Aeneas or Jesus? Note that we usually oppose "emotion" simply to
"reason," but "reason" was one thing in Homer, and another in Plato (and
still another in Descartes); think too, therefore, about what
"reasonable" behavior entails in the world of each work and how far
emotional responses belong to reasonableness or oppose it.