Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Mythology Midterm Exam
Summer 2020

Washington State University




I. IDENTIFICATIONS. [10 questions; total 20 points.]

You know, in what work do we read that God created light? Who is “the great tactician?”: that kind of very brief question. This portion of the midterm exam will be inflicted individually and intracerebrally during the scheduled class period. I will e-mail you the questions (both as e-mail text and as a Word doc) by 10:30am and will expect answers (either format) back by 11:45am. So put on your thinking caps instead of your weasel caps.

II. QUOTATIONS. [8 questions; total 40 points.]

A combination of identification and, more importantly, significance questions will follow quotations from the material of the first half of the semester, extracted for their representativeness of our discussions over the key points these weeks. This is not trivial pursuit. If you read the works and paid attention in class, only a close review of notes is necessary for preparation. My web notes might serve as a useful resource too.

III. TAKE-HOME ESSAY. [Total 40 points.]

This portion of the exam will be due Monday, July 13th, 10:00am. Please e-mail it to me as a Word doc by that time or earlier.
Answer the following question thoroughly and precisely, in about three (3) pages, double-spaced. The essay should be a virtuoso piece of brilliance manifested in impressive eloquence, with facile reference to specifics from the mythological texts.

  • What is the most important new message or realization you have received from the mythological materials at any time during the first weeks of the semester? This should be something authentic, not a cheesy cliché or reconfirmation of a predisposed idea. Explain how the message is cleverly conveyed in its source (or in more than one source), and detail its importance to you and/or to life on this planet in 2020 AD.

No late essays will be accepted, nor is it my responsibility to decode whatever crazy other formats you spring on me. A dark mist will swirl over your eyes and you will go down to the House of Death.

For more advice on writing a sterling essay and avoiding common pitfalls, see here:
Essay Advice.