Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 87. Monday, 18 Mar 1991.
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 91 16:39 EST
From: "Joe Pellegrino" <JOEP@UNC>
Subject: Just What to Test?
I belive that Stanley McKenzie asks some important questions about Roy
Flannagan's exam. While I thoroughly enjoyed testing myself, I also
wondered how well I could do on a test in this specific class.
Serendipity has placed me a week away from competency exams for the PhD
at this university. It's been almost 10 years since my MA at another
institution. So I'm confronted with site-specific knowledge. I know
what Foster Provost said on Shakespeare, but will there be enough
informational overlap for the professors here to accurately judge my
knowledge of the subject? Who reads what school? Who's into textual
variants? Can I dismiss New Criticism in favor of a New Historical
approach? These questions and their ilk are regularly
asked by graduate students when confronted with a new situation or even
a new professor. If the only alternative is a rigid series of
checkpoints, then I'll opt for the second-guessing. But, somewhere,
there's got to be a better way.