Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Survey of Literature Class, Post-Midterm

PROFESSOR, sitting atop desk, flipping through graded midterms, tonelessly:
Some people did better on some parts than others...this test was specifically designed to make sure you'd done the readings, of course...so you can imagine what grade I gave the student who said that Mary Rowlandson, who as you all know bought her way out of captivity, was actually rescued from the Indians by marauding bands of English colonials...

FUDGE, glancing at end of test booklet, impressed, to self:


Blogger Ezzie said...

Nice :D

11:57 AM  
Blogger Erachet said...

Ezzie stole my response. Nice :D

12:40 PM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...


Which answer was yours?

2:20 PM  
Blogger fudge said...

abba, a direct quote from my test booklet:

"Q: How was Mary Rowlandson saved from captivity?

A: Mary Rowlandson, the famous Puritan woman who wrote a memoir of her captivity with the Indians, titled A Narrative of Mary Rowlandson's Captivity, which detailed her travels with the Indians from remove to remove as she struggled with increasing hardships via the loss of her child and fever, was rescued from captivity when a group of colonial Englishmen in Charleston liberated her."

2:39 PM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I will find you!!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I don't get it. Did you make up that answer just for you father, or was the professor being facetious?

5:57 PM  
Blogger fudge said...

alisha: to be perfectly honest, neither. i take a survey class, for which i estimate i do a quarter of the readings. unfortunately, the midterm consisted mainly of plot-element questions, not fluffy essays like i'd planned. confronted with the captivity question, i was forced to admit that i actually had not read the ending and did not realize that she had been, in fact, saved.

so i made up my own ending from whole cloth. the teacher was clearly somewhat annoyed by this, yet inexplicably, i was able to answer the other questions vaguely enough that she gave me a decent grade, essentially rewarding my criminality.

and now, alisha, you know it all.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

Grade inflation? What grade inflation?

Seriously, though - I wish my lit profs were like that. Although, I did write my final paper for one of these classes in a purely sarcastic tone, which was totally missed by the teacher - she suggested I submit it to the essay competition!

5:29 AM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

What, you're so busy reading through the Collected Works of The PT that you can't do your assignments?

Grad F!

6:39 AM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

What would Mr. Richard say??

6:40 AM  
Blogger Scraps said...

Hehehehehehe. I'll add my voice to the chorus:

Nice. :D

7:42 AM  

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