Journal Week 7

Thursday February 25th, 2016

9:40–11:00am

On Thursday morning we talked about the format of our first exam and Dr. S made suggestions on how we should study. We were told that the exam would consist of 4 questions and we would be required to answer three of them with detailed essays. My first reaction was “this is too much!” To handwrite 3 essays in an hour and a half straight from memory is a lot to ask. The exam would be on The Iliad books 1, 6, 9, 10, 22, 24, Odyssey books 1, 4, 9, 23, 24, Iphigenia at Aulis, and Rhesus. Dr S suggested we study by using a method where we think of “what we know,” “what we know we don’t know,” and “what we don’t know we don’t know.” That concept was confusing to me at the beginning but I understood the concept more once we went over examples in class. After going over a few ways we could try to study I was just even more confused and stressed. I felt that it was way too much information to remember especially with all my other classes I have on top of that. I knew it was going to be a lot of hard work to try to do well on this exam and I was not confident at all, but since I am not trying to spend any extra time at Howard I knew I had to get it done.

Thursday February 25th, 2016

3:30–5:00pm

So I went to the lecture at the National Gallery of Art and it was mainly about a statue that is debated if it can be a god or a poet. This statue is located at the Houston Museum of Art. The statue is just of a head and the back has suffered a lot of damage while the front is fairly preserved. The mouth is made of copper while the eyes and teeth are made of silver. The statue has a somber, but intense face to create drama. The statue resembles Poseidon, but also philosophers like Aristotle. The poet that was regarded as divine was only Homer. There are a series of silver coins with portraits of Homer with the description “Here the head covers the sacred divine…Homer,” on the back. Without this description the portrait would resemble Zeus. We also learned that Homer was suppose to be blind and there were many different stories of how he became blind, such as he was born blind, gained it from sickness, or a punishment. Many argued that those who believed he was bind were actually intellectually blind. His blindness was indicated by lifted eyebrows, half-opened eyes, or eyes opened without pupils. But the blindness was not at all indicated on the coins. One story of how Homer may have became blind was that he was blinded by Helen because she was angry at him because she left her husband, Menelaus, and followed Paris to Troy. A spirit came to him and told him that he needed to burn his play or unsay it, but he refused so she blinded him. I thought this story was a little funny because Helen was really that upset that everyone would know that she decided to leave her husband for another man instead of her actually being abducted.

Friday February 26th, 2016

5:00–8:00pm

Today I decided to begin studying for my exam today and I was still feeling unconfident and nervous about it. I decided to start off with The Lliad books and see what I could do to remember as much as possible. I knew there were a lot of things from that I did not know about these stories, but I also knew there were a lot of things that I did not even know I did not know, as confusing as that may sound. I began studying by creating a character list of all the characters that were in the stories we had to read. While I was doing this I realized there were a lot of characters that I did not really know much about and I never really thought that I did not know these things. It actually took me about 2 hours just to do this character list. After writing my character list I decided to read summaries of the stories from Sparknotes and Cliffnotes. It was easy to use these summaries to remember things about I had forgotten about the stories. I made sure to make notes of the different events that occurred. After this day of studying I still felt as if there was way too much to remember all this information.

Sunday February 28th, 2016

11:20am-1:00pm

Today I decided to give up my ONLY day of the week to sleep in so that I could participate in the Ilter Musaicum Washingtonianum scavenger hunt. I originally was not very excited because I personally thought sleeping in would be better than a scavenger hunt, but I pulled myself out of bed to get to this event before having to go to work. Once I arrived at the National Gallery of Art, I was so surprised to find parking so easily by the way, I expected there to be signs or something to tell me which way to go, but I did not have a hard time finding it once I talked to someone who worked there. We were all split up into groups of five and I ended up being in a group with four GW girls so that was interesting. Once the guy giving instructions said that some questions would be in Latin and for some questions we would have to speak to a guide who would only speak to us in Latin I knew I was screwed. So we started off the scavenger hunt kind of having a hard time at first, but then we decided since three of the girls knew Latin pretty well they would be good to do all of the Latin questions and the remaining girl and I would try to find the answers to the other questions. At first I felt a little intimidated because I wasn’t able to find anything, but once I found the answer to once question I was on a roll. In the end I feel like we answered a lot of questions and I was able to hear someone speaking Latin for the first time, which was very interesting, my background of Spanish helped a little bit. The girls and I got along really well and ended up making a really good team and of course the exhibit was interesting and the questions given made us look at things we probably would not have noticed like a five o’clock shadow or statues with eyelashes and white eyes.

Sunday February 28th, 2016

11:00pm-1:00am

So after getting home from work I felt really exhausted, but I knew I needed to get some studying done before going to bed. I decided to focus on reviewing Iphigenia at Aulis and used the same methods as before starting with a character list. I realized that because I have so many Greek stories kind of stored in my head because of this class and one of my other classes I tend to mix information up a lot. I knew that was something that I needed to work on before the exam. With my study method I was able to gain a lot of understanding and a little bit of confidence for the test, but I still felt it was soooo much information to remember.

Monday February 29th, 2016

12:30–3:00pm

I woke up today exhausted just thinking about all the things that had to get done today and to add onto that we were told that the exam would not really consist of “questions” but instead quotes! I took this time in between classes to review The Odyssey for the exam. I reviewed this book just like the others and I realized there was a lot from this story I did not remember. I figured that even if I will be looking at quotes I should be able to use context clues to figure out who is speaking to who and what exactly was going on at the time. I knew that this was just making the exam even more difficult than I expected so I knew I would be having a long night of studying.

Monday February 29th, 2016

7:00–11:00pm

So a bunch of us agreed to meet up in the ilab to studying, but only 3 of us showed up. This meeting was very helpful it helped me see how others were preparing and let me know I wasn’t the only one not confident with this exam. I was able to ask any questions I had about the stories and the girls were helpful with their answers. I also used this time to review Rhesus, which I felt I didn’t have to review much since it was the story that I remembered most. When I left this study session I felt a bit more confident, but knew I should wake up early to review my notes before going into class.

Tuesday March 1st, 2016

5:00–7:00am

I woke up super early to finish preparing for the test because I still did not feel ready. My brain was literally ready to explode due to all the information I was stuffing in there, but I just wanted to do well on this exam. According to others in class I wasn’t the only one who felt unprepared, but exhausted from studying for this exam. I review all the notes I had taken over the week and tried to get clarification on anything I still did not understand before falling back asleep for another hour.

Tuesday March 1st, 2016

9:40–11:00am

Of course this time was spent on the exam. When I first read all the quotes two stood out to me and I knew exactly where they were from. Those two essays were pretty easy even though my hand was cramping from writing so much and so fast. With about 25 minutes left of the exam I really could not dictate where the last two options came from so I ended up taking an educated guess because I just could not leave with only answering two questions. I’m still not really confident with my last answer, but I am happy that I was able to get the exam done. It was definitely one of the hardest exams I have taken and I think the level of difficulty would be appropriate for a class in my major, but not in a divisional requirement.

Wednesday March 2nd, 2016

12:30–2:00pm

I used this time to read the Trojan Women play because personally I was exhausted after that exam and choose not to read or do the online prompt on Tuesday. The Trojan Women was probably my favorite play so far. I feel that since most of the characters are women it was easier for me to connect with the story and understand where they were coming from. I, of course, made my character list while reading to make sure I knew who the characters were for the next quiz. I felt that Andromache’s story was the most heartbreaking and tragic. She has literally lost all of her family due to Achilles and she now has to become a slave and sex slave to his son and has to watch her own son, who is just a baby, be thrown to his death because Odysseus feels he could possibly be a threat to the Greeks in the future. I also thought Hecuba had suffered lot because she lost all her family and her power. It has to be tough to watch your city be destroyed and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.