Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cicero Journals: 5 and 6

The first essay question is from part 18:

In defending Archias, Cicero also extolled the study of liberal arts. In a well-written essay, show how in this section Cicero builds his argument from the specific to the general in his defense of poetry and literature. What rhetorical devices do you think helped his presentation. Why do you think he ended this section in his way?

The second essay question is from parts 10 and 25:

In sections 10 and 25, Cicero describes the granting of citizenship to recipients seemingly "less worthy" than Archias. Contrast these situations with that of Archias. Why does he seem "more worthy" of citizenship than the others? What tone is prevalent in both examples and why?

Soooooo have fun with these!...I guess.

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Usual Fridayness: Quiz Stuff Again

Didn't think I'd flake, did you, people? :) Even though it's not fun being this detailed when you have tests in all 3 classes on the same day. Anyways...

This reading was actually part of the free response for last year's AP test (so it won't be on this years!). The translation I have on the little thing is partially the AP translation and partially what we did in class (and it's all pretty much the same as Michelle's). So yeah.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Quiz: Friday 3/7/08

For some reason I didn't write down which section we decided on for the quiz, but I'm pretty certain it was section 20. If for some reason it's not, feel free comment on this post and correct me.

Section 20 (lines 252-260)

"Nor is there anyone so opposed to the Muses who would not allow the public announcement of his labors to be entrusted to poetry easily. They say that Themistocles, the the greatest man of Athens, when he was asked which entertainment form he took the greatest delight in hearing: his voice from whom his virtue is declared the best. That Marius, likewise, he cherished L. Plotinus, by whose talent he used to think those things which he did were able to be celebrated."

Also, just a reminder that we have Airbands rehearsal in the auditorium tomorrow after 4th period. Anyone who is committed to participating in our Airbands performance should be there (unless you have a legitimate excuse). Also, we will most likely have another practice on Saturday in Mr. O'Donnell's room from 11:00am-12:30pm.

Good luck on the quiz tomorrow and I'll see you all at rehearsal! :)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Cicero Journal

Essay Question (from Part 5 of Pro Archia):

For Cicero, proving the citizenship of Archias was mare than citing documents. Using Latin (with English translation/paraphrase) to support your answer, write an essay describing how, in this section, Cicero emphasizes the connection of the poet to Italy and Rome. How well did he fit in? What factors affected his status in the cultural and social life of the city? Provide specific examples. Include at least one figure of speech in your essay and discuss how it enhances the passage.