If any of you have been reading the compendium this week, you may have noticed that it sounds all intellectual and pointy headed. The reason for this is that yesterday (saturday), I had to take the comprehensive M.A. Exam in Literature and Rhetoric, which is the test you have to take to graduate. Ya’see, NIU doesn’t require an M.A. student to write a thesis. Instead they want you to prove that, in your two years (in my case 2.5 years), you have gained a general idea about what goes on within the walls of Reavis hall. It’s a four hour essay exam. I think I did pretty well. By the time I got to the third essay question, I was bored and spent extra time trying to work as much alliteration as possible into my essay. Sot I think it is most likely that I passed.
Anyway, the long posts this week are the practice essays I wrote in order to get a handle on the required reading. Go ahead and look at them if you have trouble sleeping. Otherwise just enjoy this week’s sing along.