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Now It Can Be Told

Now it can be told -- Comps results are in!

I passed four out of the five exams. I passed Ethnographic Essays, Single Sheets, ConFounds, and Modal Analysis. Yay, go me! I failed the 19th/20th Century History exam, but that's not such a big deal. In fact, of the five exams, it's the best one to have failed, for the following reasons:

1) I get to take it over next fall, which means that
2) I now have a whole year to study for it,
3) without the distraction of studying for the other four tests at the same time.
4) I know what I did wrong, and the extra year will help me correct that.
5) It's not embarrassing to fail it, like Ethno Essays (your subject test) and Single Sheets, but
6) It's not scary to retake it, like ConFounds, which I passed by dumb luck, or Modal Analysis, where I wouldn't get the gimp test second time around.

All in all, I think I did fairly well. Two of the other ethnoids also have to retake the history exam, so I'm in good company. Not bad. Not bad at all.

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meggins
Oct. 12th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
If you're pleased, I'm pleased.

I take it you only have to retake the exam, not an entire course?
frenchpony
Oct. 12th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
Only the exam. My main problem with it was that the question specifically requested that you cite researchers by name, and I have a terrible time remembering the names of scholars whose work I'm not terribly interested in.
dawtheminstrel
Oct. 12th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Congratulations! YOu're over the main hurdle and just have a little jump.

Here's a trick I used taking my comps about two centuries ago but I think it still works: We had to give cites too. So I memorized the main researchers in each area and then if I couldn't remember who said something, I just attributed it to one of them. Apparently that worked.
frenchpony
Oct. 12th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Maybe that'll work, though the professors here do seem to know all the researchers in their fields (personally, if the researchers are still alive). I mean, everyone's met Richard Taruskin. Amusingly enough, we all seem to share the same opinion of him.

I'm only a little peeved that Bertoldt called me on the question about Romanticism (is it a viable historical category?) and wanted me to cite the name of some German researcher who wrote the definitive book on Romanticism . . . in 1948 or so. Hello, earth to Bertoldt! This is the year 2007, in the 21st century! That book is No Longer Standard, even for undergrads.
meggins
Oct. 12th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Argh! That is a tough requirement. Well, now you have plenty of time to memorize them?

Lithuania! That's sounds really cool. I hope it works out.
frenchpony
Oct. 12th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I'll ace the test second time around.

My summer plan is to attend the Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Fun and educational!

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