Journal Entry 7
February 25,2016 8:10–9:30 am
Attended class in which we went over the general criteria in which the midterm would be graded. We were also given tips on how to study for the midterm which would be to write what you did know vs what you didn’t know. When there was a bulk of information you didn’t know it’s for the better as you have come into the realization that there is more information to go over leading to understanding more from review of the study material. The exam was to be comprised of 4 essay questions and 3 of which had to be answered.
February 26, 2016 8:00–10:00 pm
At the start of the night I did what was instructed of us to do to help to study for the exam. I brainstormed and wrote every single thing that I really didn’t know about the pieces. These included Odysseus and the trials he went through after the Trojan war. Achilles speech to his mother requesting her to aid the Trojans by getting them in favor of zeus. Achilles and his manus towards Hector also how did Priam convince him to give back Hector. Why did Apollo send the plague on the Trojans, and why didn’t Achilles leave the war knowing he was going to die.
February 27, 2016 6:00–8:00 pm
I begin to study the list that I created for the mid term. First I start with all that was listed in the Iliad. So I began with Apollo bringing his plague because Apollo’s priest daughter was kidnapped. During my rereading of the pieces I found the plays easier to understand because of all the discussions we had about themes being repeated throughout Greek tragedies. I then moved on to the Odyssey where I reread about all the trials Odysseus went through in order to return back home.
February 28, 2016 7:00-9:00 pm
I then began to reread the two plays from Euripides Rhesus an Iphigenia at Autlis. While reading I realized that I generally had a good understanding of the Rhesus play so I didn’t really pay much attention to it after reading. I was still a little confused towards Iphigenia at Autlis however I asked a friend who I knew who just so happened to have the class the previous semester to break it down for me. After he simplified it I spent the rest of the day reviewing the previous two pieces of work by Homer.
March 1, 2016 8:10–9:30 am
Well today was the day of that dreaded midterm that everybody was probably dying the previous day thinking about the email sent out. When I got the exam I didn’t really know what to expect but after reading all the quotes I realized I knew where all of them came from except for one I didn’t know who said it. So I tackled the questions I did know and wrote about 1 and a half page for each question. Right now I’m hoping that I did do enough to succeed.
March 2, 2016 6:00–7:00 pm
I didn’t really have much time today so I just briefly skimmed through the passage on the tragedy that befell the woman after Troy fell. I felt no sympathy for Helen because she started the war and needed to pay for all the lives she ruined in the end. I felt extreme pithy for queen Hecube who had to watch all her love ones die one by one and then later becoming a slave to one who caused her great misfortune Odysseus. Anndromache also suffered as he baby was tossed off the walls of Troy and soon she would be a slave to the son of the man who killed her husband.