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Re: Goofy Test Answers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2270  Wednesday, 22 December 1999.

[1]     From:   Hilary Thimmesh <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Dec 1999 10:07:56 -0600
        Subj:   Goofy Answers

[2]     From:   Deborah Dale <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Dec 1999 09:12:53 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2254 Re: Goofy Test Answers

[3]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Dec 1999 13:15:29 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2254 Re: Goofy Test Answers


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From:           Hilary Thimmesh <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Dec 1999 10:07:56 -0600
Subject:        Goofy Answers

In finals last week two of my students indicated that Gloucester was
blinded by Cromwell.  Probably history majors.  In the same exam another
student wrote that King Lear ends on a very sad note as the old king
enters carrying the dead body of his daughter Ophelia.  In this case I
suppose Ophelia is at least marginally preferable to Othello.

Hilary Thimmesh

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From:           Deborah Dale <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Dec 1999 09:12:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 10.2254 Re: Goofy Test Answers
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2254 Re: Goofy Test Answers

>I just e-mailed Richard Lederer, a former teacher of mine, the list of
>goofy test answers, knowing he would get a kick out of them.  Just for
>the record, the passage quoted above comes directly from his _Anguished
>English_ book.
>
>Tanya

What? O dear!  O harassing horror of horrors!  After all I have read
about plagiarism on this list, too (big giggle).

"I have not lost my mind--it's backed up on disk somewhere!" Unknown.

O bvious?
V esuvious, (yes, youvious),
            verbal begins with a V
E rupting
R eality bites

R eality RIGHTS
E gotistical
A fterthought: An apology, please?
C ourage or consumption?
T his is
I dealistic, so simplistic
O nly if you knew me, this
N arcissistic statistic

D. Dale

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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Dec 1999 13:15:29 -0500
Subject: 10.2254 Re: Goofy Test Answers
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2254 Re: Goofy Test Answers

This was an intentionally goofy answer (i.e., the rhetorical figure
known as a "joke"): many, many years ago, I took an exam in a
Shakespeare class immediately after seeing Barbara Streisand play Fanny
Brice in "Funny Girl." The exam included identifying the passage in
which Cassio says that Othello will "make love's quick pants in
Desdemona's arms and bring all Cyprus comfort." I ended my essay with
"Sam, you made the pants too long," which was one of Fanny Brice's
vaudeville hits.

Dana (Shilling)
 

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