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"Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0476  Wednesday, 18 February 2004

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Feb 2004 16:05:20 -0800
Subject: 15.0240 "Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0240 "Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?"

The Atlantic article "Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?" is now
online at http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2004/03/katzman.htm  Short
answer:  no, at least not based on his hypothetical SAT essay (a prose
version of "All the world's a stage").

Of course, it's a rigged competition, set up to show that "flair will
win no points; the highest-scoring essays will be earnest, long-winded,
and predictable."  Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and the Unabomber are also
graded. The Unabomber scored 6 out of 6, Hemingway was second with a 3.

A sidebar announces the "Rewrite Shakespeare" contest, cosponsored by
the Princeton Review (the SAT preparation folks):
http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2004/03/shakespearecontest.htm

Cheers,
Al Magary

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