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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. Egeria's spirituality. What can you learn about Egeria's spirituality from the events and actions that she describes in her account? What kind of attitude does she express towards God? Towards Moses? Towards the words of the Bible? Towards the Church and the rituals of the Church? (Make sure you cite specific details in your answer).
2. Religious tourism. What are the aspects of religious tourism that you can learn about from Egeria's account? What do we learn about Egeria and her companions? What are their goals of religious tourists? What did you learn about the places that they visited: how were they marked out as tourist destinations? And what about the monks and churches in the Sinai: what role did they play in the religious tourism of this time?
3. Egeria's Latin. Compare Egeria's Latin to the Latin of her rough contemporary Augustine. What do you notice about Egeria' s style? Comment on her vocabulary, her sentence structure, her transitions from one sentence to the next. Do you find Egeria easier to read than Augustine? Harder? Explain why. Which passages of Egeria are the easiest for you to read? Which passages were hardest?
4. Egeria's Moses. Imagine that somehow we did not have a copy of the Bible and that somehow you had to reconstruct the story of Moses and the exodus from Egypt based on the evidence in Egeria's account. Write up a description of Moses and the exodus based strictly on what you can find in Egeria's writing. What are the events that Egeria describes in some detail? What things does she allude to that would be hard to understand without having the Biblical text to provide the background and details?
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?