Humanities 110

Introduction to the Humanities

Final Exam Instructions


The fall Hum 110 final is scheduled for Wednesday December 13 from 8:00 am
to 12:00 noon. This is an open-book, open-note exam. While you may consult
the assigned course materials, lectures, your notes, and handouts, you may not
consult other online materials or other people for the duration of the exam. For
this exam, as for all other exams at Reed, the Honor Principle applies. Failure to
adhere to the requirements set out above will constitute academic misconduct.
The final exam will consist of three parts: (1) three short close readings of selected objects or passages, (2) a comparative, thematic essay, and (3) an essay on Plato and/or Thucydides. 

Part One (approximately one hour; make sure to use some of this time for
editing) will require students to close read three works or a portion of three
works. Students will be able to choose from six options, but the options will be
arranged so that students have to select works from across the fall syllabus.

All passages and objects will be taken from the works assigned for the class,
including galleries. The creator, title of work, place it was made, and date will be
supplied. Responses should articulate why the passage or image is important, in
terms of the work as a whole from which it is derived, the time and place in which it was produced or read/viewed/performed, and/or the larger unit of the course in which it was assigned. In your close reading, you should draw on ideas elaborated in the lectures and your conference.

Part Two (approximately 90 minutes; make sure to use some of this time for

Select one of two essay questions that require you to trace a theme in
three of the works we have studied this semester, with the requirement that these works are spread across the different units in the syllabus. 

Part Three (approximately 90 minutes; make sure to use some of this time for editing):

Select one of three essay question, which require you to write on Plato and/or Thucydides, but may include comparison to other texts.

Please note:

Students who have accommodations from DAR are encouraged to use them for
the exam. If your accommodation includes extra time, you may find it helpful to
remind your conference leader of this before the exam begins.

Your work is due, either in Vollum Lecture Hall or in your instructor’s electronic mailbox, no later than Wednesday December 13, at 12:00 p.m. You may take the exam in Vollum lecture hall or from anywhere you have an internet connection.

When the exam goes live, it will be posted here.