Final examination guidelines
Final examination

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When is the final exam?

The final exam for CL 200 will be held on Thursday, 11 May, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where is the final exam?

In our usual room, TLC 301.

How long will the final exam actually take?

That depends on how fast you can write. Seriously, given the essay format of the exam (see below), you should expect at least a two hour session. You may, of course, use the entire three hours if you wish.

What is the format of the final exam?

The final exam will have three parts, each of which is centered around an essay question or questions. Parts one and two will have an element of choice; part three will not.

To complete parts one and two, you will choose from a pool of three different topics: art/architecture, history/historiography, and literature. In each topic you will compare something ancient to something modern.

For example, the literature topic might first quote an elegy from Catullus that you have not read before, followed by an elegy written by a twentieth century poet. You will read each poem, and then answer the questions that follow. The questions for all three topics will be very direct and pointed. You should be able to answer each question in about a paragraph or so.

Remember that you will choose two out of the three topics. Part one of your exam will be your first choice; part two, your second choice.

Part three of the exam will be a larger, more open-ended essay centered around the definition of the word "classic," which you devised at our final class meeting. The question for this part will require your essay to address certain issues in the course of your writing. The successful essay will address all of the issues evenly.

How do I prepare for the final exam?

Review your notes carefully. Pay special attention to "genre issues," in which essential characteristics of a style of art or writing are discussed, reviewed, or redefined. In each part of the exam you will want to show both what you know, and how well you can apply that knowledge.

Is the final exam cumulative?

Yes and no. Most, if not all, of the ancient examples in parts one and two will be derived from the Roman world. Yet since the Romans borrowed much from the Greeks, you should feel free to incorporate what you have learned about the Greek world in your answers.

How much does the final exam count toward my grade?

The final exam is worth 20 % of your overall grade.

What if I have a question that isn't answered here?

Please email Prof. Curley between now and Thursday.


I wish you the best of luck at this very busy time of year.


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