December 26, 2004

Exam answers...

In an English Lit class, in a physics class I'd be much more worried...

Grading the final exams today, two sentences (from different people's
exams, but answering the same question) stuck out to me:

In the story, the main character mentions how his girlfriend's Pap smear
results were "not cheery." The AIDS virus and STDs were rampant in the
80s, so it could be a reference to that. [I sent her a link to a Pap smear
info website.]

Apparently people pondered love in the 80s; there weren't big wars or
dramatic political or economic happenings. [Um. It felt at the time like
things were happening....]

I feel old.

But then I get sentences like these to cheer me up (about John Muir's story
of a dog. Both story and dog are named Stickeen):
If Stickeen was a man, he could be called a man’s man, Ernest Hemingway’s
in a previous life maybe. If Stickeen was a woman she would be beautiful
and wild, like Laura Croft from the TombRaider movies.

Posted by duver001 at December 26, 2004 2:34 PM