Monthly Archives: April 2018

PBL Vision & Career – MUL Episode 3 Blog Post


PBL & Visioning – MUL Episode 3 Blog Post

Choose one of the following questions and write a post of about 100-200 words answering it. Give your opinion, or respond to someone else’s post.

  1. Describe your own study space– are there ways you might improve it?
  2. Think about your own personality and body, and discuss how you might best prepare for an exam. Are there things in the episode which you especially feel might work, or have worked?
  3. What are some things you personally do, or might try to do, during an exam to help you write it?

Brit Soc & Contemp Novels: Blog Post 3 (Guards! Guards!)

Terry Pratchett – Guards! Guards! (1989)

Presentations: Monday, April 30

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the text. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. The protagonists of the book are losers, drunks, and cowards (Vimes, Colon, Nobby). Why? Is Pratchett making a statement about heroism?
  2. How does Vimes change throughout the story? Why?
  3. Why does the book seem so interested in books and libraries?
  4. How do the dwarves compare to humans? Are they better or worse?
  5. At one point the dragon is disgusted to realize that humans can be more cruel than dragons. What do you think Pratchett is saying as a message?
  6. Vimes doesn’t seem to agree with Vetinari that all people are evil, and the best a ruler can do is balance out opposing people. Is Vetinari bad, or a practical ruler of a violent city?
  7. Does the book prove Vetinari right by having two dragons cancel each other out?
  8. Does the novel have a message or moral it wants the reader to learn?
  9. Is there something else in the novel you think is interesting or meaningful?

British Soc & Lit 1: Blog Post 3 (Pride & Prejudice)

Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice (1813)

Readings: If you can’t read the entire novel, at least read these sections (1/2 of the novel):

  • Volume 1: Chapters 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 22
  • Volume 2: Chapters 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18
  • Volume 3: Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19

Presentations: Thursday, April 19

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the novel. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Sometimes we hear that “everyone felt sorry for the Bennets” or “everyone was jealous of the Bennets,” and the opinions keep changing. Can you always trust whether the narrator is honest or joking?
  2. How does Elizabeth change or grow as a person? Do you agree with her decisions?
  3. How are women represented in the novel? Are they mean? Trapped? Practical? Manipulative? Does Austen always have sympathy for them?
  4. Does Charlotte do the right thing in marrying Collins? Is there an ‘ideal’ type of marriage in the novel?
  5. Austen originally called her novel First Impressions. How do “first impressions” matter in the novel? Why do you think the novel has the name it does?
  6. Mr. Bennet’s humor is enjoyable in the novel, but at times he seems to be a bad father and husband. Is this true? How and why?
  7. People in 1813 of course didn’t actually speak in the elegant, sophisticated way they do in the novel. Why might Austen have written in this way?
  8. Austen seems to feel that upbringing is more important than people’s basic personalities. Is this true? For example, is Lydia badly raised or just a foolish, boy-crazy girl?
  9. One criticism of the novel is that it is a little snobbish– the rich people are always conveniently the best people. Do you think this is true?