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Please choose 3 of the following questions to answer and send your response in an email to the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Each answer should be a solid paragraph (150-250 words for each English discussion question, 500-750 words for the overall assignment).
You should then post your answers to the class Discussion Board. You need to have sent the email and posted your answers by Friday midnight. At some point you will also be posting at least two replies to comments posted by the other students; you may do that at any time during the week, until Monday midnight.
1. All God's creatures. The scene of Francis preaching to the birds is one of the most famous moments in his life. What are the other creatures that Francis preaches to? What kind of message does he preach to these creatures? Is the message that he gives to human beings the same as this message? What kind of relationship does Francis see between human beings and the world of nature around them?
2. The death of Francis. What are the things that Francis says about death? How did he regard his approaching death? What aspects of the death of Francis emerge in Giotto's painting of the death scene? Do you think that Giotto's painting brings together the different elements of this scene that are important in understanding the event of Francis's death?
3. Receiving the stigmata. The scene in which Francis receives the stigmata has been a popular subject for painting. Compare these different versions by Giotto, van Eyck, Ghirlandaio, Veneziano, Sassetta, El Greco, Rubens. Which one do you like the most? Explain why (details!).
4. Rule of Francis. Take a look again at the Rule of Saint Francis. What specific connections can you find between the incidents in the life of Francis that reflect the principles and practices that are recommended in the Rule? How do the stories from the life of Francis show that he lived according to this Rule?
5. Favorite image for the week. Was there one of the images for this week which made a big impression on you? Provide a link to the webpage where that image is found, and give a detailed description of the image. What attracted your attention to this image? What are the details that stick in your mind? Do you think that image fits in well with the words of the text? What makes this image stand out from the other images that we looked at this week?
6. Reflecting on the week. Take a look back at what you wrote as your "starting assumptions" for this week, and look at the starting assumptions of the other students in the class. Did anything you read or studied this week make a big change in your starting assumptions? Did the assignment turn out to be pretty much what you expected? More interesting? Less interesting? What surprised you the most? If you were going to continue with this topic, what kind of research and reading would you want to do? What questions are still left unanswered?
7. Grammar revelations. Did you have a Latin grammar crisis this week? Did you get through it? What did you learn? Is there something you grasped this week that was never really clear to you before? A grammar epiphany? Is there something you are still really struggling with? What do you do when you are having trouble understanding a passage in Latin? Where do you look for help? In general, was the reading this week easier or harder than expected? What are you going to concentrate on in your Latin work in the coming week?
8. Website critique. Pick one of the websites that you visited this week as part of your work for this class (it could be a website about this week's topic, or a website for learning Latin). Provide a link to the site, and a brief desription of its contents. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this website? Who would find this website useful? What did you use this website for? What did you find there? Do you think you will visit this website again?