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Shakespeare Golden Ear Test
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0466  Wednesday, 11 July 2007

[1] 	From: 	Edmund Taft <
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	Date: 	Monday, 9 Jul 2007 11:16:43 -0400
	Subj: 	Shakespeare Golden Ear Test

[2] 	From: 	Bob Grumman <
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	Date: 	Monday, 9 Jul 2007 10:38:02 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0459 Shakespeare Golden Ear Test


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From: 		Edmund Taft <
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Date: 		Monday, 9 Jul 2007 11:16:43 -0400
Subject: 	Shakespeare Golden Ear Test

Well, so far, folks have earned some "golden ears," some "silver ears," 
and some "bronze ears." If I do really awful, can I earn a "lead ear"?

Ed Taft

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From: 		Bob Grumman <
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Date: 		Monday, 9 Jul 2007 10:38:02 -0500
Subject: 18.0459 Shakespeare Golden Ear Test
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0459 Shakespeare Golden Ear Test

I couldn't get through the Golden Ear test.  I took a rest after 
carefully deciding yes or no on twenty of the passages.  When I came 
back, I tried to continue but was ejected from the test.  I'm sure I 
came out with a tin ear. Especially since I recognize the passage from 
the Elegy and said it was by Shakespeare.

For me what makes the test stupid boils down to its being based on a 
pair of invalid premises: (1) that Shakespeare always wrote like 
Shakespeare and (2) that no one else ever wrote like Shakespeare.

--Bob G.l

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