various intervals throughout the term, you will be assigned
a take-home quiz that must be completed by the specified
quiz will ask you to review portions of Homer's Odyssey
and to locate certain grammatical, syntactic, and poetic
constructions (e.g. purpose clauses, relative clauses,
correption and so on). Once you have located
a construction, you should do the following:
as much of the construction as needed. If discussing
a subordinate clause you should include some of the main
clause for context. The identification will require
some careful reading on your part. Be sure to include
the sentence as accurately as possible.
the essentials of the construction with reference to the
patterns we have observed in class. If you are
discussing a subordinate clause, be sure to relate it back
to the main clause. You may take cues from old textbooks;
an important resource is H. W. Smyth's Greek Grammar
for Colleges, which is on our reserve shelf in the library.
far as grading goes, the identification is worth 2 points,
the translation 3, and the discussion 5. Each construction
is therefore worth 10 points total.
the quiz calls for a purpose clause):
Iqakhn eseleusomai, ofra
I will go to Ithaca in order to rouse his son.
A purpose clause explains the reason behind an action
in the main clause. In this sentence, Athena intends to
go to Ithaca. eseleusomai
is the primary verb of the main clause. The purpose of
her action is marked by the subordinating conjunction,
which introduces the subjunctive verb epotrunw,
which in turn explains why she will go.
you can see, your success on the quiz depends on many things:
your ability to analyze the Greek, to discuss it cogently,
and to offer a correct translation. While
the style of your discussion might differ from the one above,
you should nevertheless strive for clarity at all times.
that the identification of the actual sentence does not
quote all of the Greek, but omits elements in both the main
and subordinate clauses. (Compare for yourself!)
A successful identification, then, rests on critical thinking
about what is really important in the sentence.
quizzes must be typed. You may write in the Greek by
hand, or you may type it with a Greek font (Symbol, Athenian,
and others) and write in the diacritical marks. Whatever
your option, the Greek must be correct in all respects (unlike
the example, above, which for the sake of the web has no diacriticals).