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This examination comprises seven passages. Select five and provide as much of the information outlined below as you can. As we have discussed in our workshops, I suggest that you compose your answers in a separate word processing application and save your work often in the event that you experience problems connecting to the Internet and this form. The text field after each passage will accommodate as much as you wish to write and will become scrolling fields as needed. Each identification is worth twenty possible points for a total of one hundred. You will have 60 minutes to complete your work. Be sure to submit your responses before time expires. Otherwise, the system will not accept your work. In discussing the passages you should provide the following

  • The name of the work in which the passage appears and the author. (For the gospels in the New Testament, you may cite the person to whom the tradition has attributed the text.)
  • The context within the work where the passage appears with as much precision as possible. If it contains direct speech, for example, in a quote, be sure to identify the speaker, and if the direct speech is part of a dialogue, indicate who the interlocutor is. If the passage refers to unnamed characters, such as a mother or father, you should identify them as well, if possible.
  • How the passage relates to the overall work, to other works we have studied this semester, and to the broader themes we have addressed in the course.

You should not consult any other sources when discussing the passages. Be sure to provide your name and indicate whether you are submitting your work under the terms of the honor code. If you have any questions or experience any problems, call or text me at 202-257-6269.
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Passage 1

But above all, tragic Dido, doomed to a plague
about to strike, cannot feast her eyes enough,
thrilled both by the boy and gifts he brings
and the more she looks the more the fire grows.
But once he's embraces Aeneas, clung to his neck
to sate the deep love of his father, deluded father,
Cupid makes for the queen. Her gaze, her whole heart
is riveted on him now, and at times she even warms him
snugly in her breast, for how can she know, poor Dido,
what a mighty god is sinking into her, to her grief?
But he, recalling the wishes of his mother Venus,
blots out the memory of Sychaeus bit by bit
trying to seize with a fresh, living love
a heart at rest for long—long numb to passion.

Passage 2

I now declare that mind and soul are joined
together, and form one single entity,
but the head, so to speak, that rules in all the body,
is counsel, mind, and intellect, as we say,
and this is placed midway within the breast.
For here leap terror and panic, this spot feels
sweet joy; here, then, are intellect and mind.
The rest of the soul, dispersed through all the body,
obeys the mind and moves to its command.
For mind thinks its own thoughts, knows its own pleasures,
when nothing has stimulated soul or body.
And as when injury attacks our head
or eye, they hurt, but we're not agonized
all over, thus the mind sometimes feels pain
or joy and strength, when other parts of soul
in limb and joint have felt no novel impulse.
But when the mind is deeply stirred by terror,
all through the body we see the soul affected;
we pale, and over all the body sweat
pours out, the tongue stumbles, voice goes awry,
eyes are befogged, ears ring, the knees give way,
yes, from sheer terror of mind we often see
men fall in a faint; thus readily we perceive
the union of soul and mind, for soul, when struck
by mind, in turn strikes body and makes it move.

Passage 3

"Blessed are those who respect the word of God, for they shall be comforted; blessed are those who have received the wisdom of Jesus Christ, for they shall be called the sons of the Most High; blessed are those who have kept the baptism, for they shall be refreshed by the Father and the Son; blessed are those who have come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ, for they shall be the light; blessed are those who through love of God no longer conform to the world, for they shall judge angels, and shall be blessed at the right hand of the Father; blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy and shall not see the bitter day of judgement; blessed are the bodies of the virgins, for they shall be well pleasing to God and shall not lose the reward of their chastity. For the word of the Father shall become to them a work of salvation in the day of the Son, and they shall have rest for ever and ever."

Passage 4

You are observing an excellent and beneficial practice if (as you write) you are aiming persistently at a good state of mind, which it is foolish to pray for if you can obtain it from yourself. We need not raise our arms to heaven nor beg the sacristan to admit us to the ear of the divine image, as if we could then be heard better: God is near you, he is with you, he is within you. That is what I claim, Lucilius, that a holy inspiration dwells within us as monitor and guardian of our good and bad behaviour; it treats us as it is treated by us. Indeed, no good man is without a god; can anyone rise to good fortune without his help? It is this God who gives us lofty and upright intentions; in each and every good man, but a God dwells in him.

Passage 5

Bloated with Gorgon venom, Allecto launches out,
first for Latium, King Latinus’ lofty halls,
and squats down at the quiet threshold of Amata
seething with all a woman’s anguish, fire and fury
over the Trojans just arrived and Turnus’ marriage lost.
Allecto flings a snake from her black hair at the queen
and thrusts it down her breast, the very depths of her heart,
and the horror drives her mad to bring the whole house down.
It glides between her robes and her smooth breasts but she
feels nothing, no shudder of coils, senses nothing at all
as the viper breathes its fire through the frenzied queen.

Passage 6

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

Passage 7

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Honor Code
I have provided responses on this exam in conformity with the honor code, having neither received any unauthorized assistance nor provided unauthorized assistance to another student.

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