HW: Finish Handmaid’s Tale and be ready for the Test. Don’t forget to read the Historical Notes!
What we’re up to:
- Discussing Handmaid’s
OK, pencil-distribution time. Try out this self-knowledge questionnaire and we’ll compare answers. If more than one person gets the same answers as I did, then we’ll do a random distribution.
Are there some things you believe without any evidence to support it? When is that ok and when is it not?
We’ll look at two contrasting ideas on this: Søren Kierkegaard and Bertrand Russell on Faith.
Before we get too far, let’s talk Handmaid’s Tale. We’ll finish the book and take an essay/MC test on the whole thing Thursday. Expect several questions about plot and 3-4 questions about big themes so…
I’ll assign sections of the book and your job will be to write 5 multiple choice questions about the section on QuestionPress. Remember, good questions are ones that aren’t too obvious What country does Handmaid’s take place in? or too hard What was the nickname for the Richard and Leigh Center? Ask the question and provide 5 possible answers. Only one should be correct.
- Group 1: Chapters 1-6
- Group 2: Chapter 7-13
- Group 3: Chapters 14-19
- Group 4: Chapters 20-24
- Group 5: Chapters 25-29
- Group 6: Chapters 30-34
- Group 7: Chapters 35-40
What does Offred find out about what happened to Luke?
A. He escaped to Canada
B. He was shot and killed on the border.
C. He was sent to the Colonies.
D. She told him to smuggle their child out of the country.
E. She never finds out.
Ok, after this, we’ll have time to talk themes. Here is a simple list of common themes in Handmaid’s Tale. Each group will be assigned a theme and your task will be to find at least 3 examples from the book where this theme plays out. What do these examples suggest about the theme Atwood is working with?
- Gender Roles
Finally, let’s talk Kierkegaard:
- Meaninglessness of Life (Angst)
- Impossibility of Happiness
- Leap of Faith
What do you think of this excerpt from Either/Or?
An Ecstatic Discourse
Marry, and you will regret it. Do not marry, and you will also regret it. Marry or do not marry, you will regret it either way. lIS Whether you marry or you do not marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the stupidities of the world, and you will regret it; weep over them, and you will also regret it. Laugh at the stupidities of the world or weep over them, you will regret it either way. Whether you laugh at the stupidities of the world or you weep over them, you will regret it either way. Trust a girl, and you will regret it. Do not trust her, and you will also regret it. Trust a girl or do not trust her, you will regret it either way. Whether you trust a girl or do not trust her, you will regret it either way. Hang yourself, and you will regret it. Do not hang yourself, and you will also regret it. Hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret it either way. Whether you hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret it either way. This, gentlemen, is the quintessence of all the wisdom of life.
Extra: See this “squashed” version of the philosopher.
OR…The Existential Comic version…or this one
IS there value in leading an “authentic” live over a “distracted” one? What is it? Why not?