Monthly Archives: November 2008

W11, #9: 6 DEGREES OF SEPARATION

Who: All periods

Set-up: Read this previous entry (if you do not fully understand the assignment).

Challenge: In 6 moves, connect the following 2 topics (with full explanation):

  1. Mary Shelley
  2. Thanksgiving

Length: Varies

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W11, #8: MORAL SENSE TEST

Who: All periods

Set-up: While most people think that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is simply a ‘monster story’, it’s really a ‘morality tale’.

Ultimately, readers are faced with determining if the creator (Dr. Frankenstein) or his creation (his monster) is more morally ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in terms of what ‘sparks’ their actions/choices.

Challenge: With that in mind, let’s take an on-line morality test — sponsored by Harvard University — that asks us to consider whether ‘morality’ is based on a) the specific situation and/or b) choosing between the ‘lesser of two evils’.  Do the following:

  1. Take this test.  It’ll take approximately 5-10 minutes (depending on how long you take to read the various questions.  Note, some of them seem similar, but the final ‘question’ or some of the details will change from question to question).
  2. Write a response to what the test is trying to determine in terms of how you view ‘morality’.

Length: 5+ sentences (after you take the test).

W11, #7: MEANING OF LIFE QUESTION #5

Who: All periods

Set-up: See here.

Challenge: Answer the following question:

What does it truly mean to ‘live in the moment’?  Have you ever been able to do this in the ‘real’ world (in spite of the pressures of day-to-day life)?

Length: 7+ sentences

W11, #6: MEANING OF LIFE QUESTION #4

Who: All periods

Set-up: See here.

Challenge: Answer the following question:

Why do we constantly pursue ‘excellence’?

Length: 7+ sentences

W11, #5: MEANING OF LIFE QUESTION #3

Who: All periods

Set-up: See here.

Challenge: Answer the following question:

If you had the opportunity to ‘travel back in time’, would you do so?  If you knew that any ‘changes’ you made would change everything you’ve ever experienced since that moment, would you still go back in time?

Length: 7+ sentences