Monday, July 14, 2008

Midterm Exam

Here's your Summer Session Midterm, courtesy of the late, great George Carlin! Please answer as many questions as you care to answer, and submit your answers in the comment box on this post. This exam is worth nothing but your self-esteem. Good Night & Good Luck!

  1. When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?
  2. If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted?
  3. If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
  4. Is a vegetarian permitted to eat animal crackers?
  5. What if there were no hypothetical questions?


Channah said...

Nice post, but wanted to let you know that George Carlin did not say those things.

gina said...

The answer to the first question is probably, "aged"

Tara R. said...

"why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway.?"

Melissa B. said...

Channah: The site I acquired the quotes has 39 quotes attributed to George Carlin and 38 that the site author says should have been George Carlin quotes, but weren't--please see checked your sites and stand corrected, if these are authentic Carlin sites. See, it's so hard to determine. Who knows with the Blogosphere these days? Too bad we can't call George up and interview him! Sounds like the subject for a followup post--Thanks for contributing to the discussion!

C. said...

I got the link to your blog off of a website about debunking TFA where you posted that your daughter is thinking of joining in the spring and you asked if you should be concerned. Since you obviously got the huge dose of skepticism from that site, I wanted to give you the perspective from the inside, from a current TFA teacher (something that site conspicuously lacks.) While this past year has been the hardest year of my life, it has also been the most meaningful. I have come to find that where there is one story, there are usually fifteen others, particularly when it comes to an organization that is as politically charged (for a variety of legitimate and inane) reasons as TFA. While nothing could have prepared me for how horrific our worst public schools are or for how damaged some children of poverty are, I felt fairly supported throughout the year and I will never regret my experience. Though perhaps not all TFA teachers are successful, and I was, by no means, a rock star, I watched my students grow an incredibly amount this year - as people and as writers and readers. There were many who detested me for requiring a much greater workload than they were accustomed to and then grading them more honestly relative to what students their age should know, but by the end of the year, the most common response I got on evaluations were things like "I never worked so hard in a class but I also never learned so much. Be even stricter." I try not to confuse my frustration with the lack of resources in my school and the obstacles I am working to help my kids overcome (which are HUGELY daunting) with TFA. As long as one's expectations are reasonable, and you know that YOU are the one who will have to do the long hours and endure the hard emotions, then people tend to be ok, in my experience. And your students come out better than ok. :o)


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