exams, assessments, policy

Assessments:

  • 2 papers
  • 2 exams
  • 5 quizzes, taken in section [15%; 3% each]
    • Quiz 1: Early Rome. Wk 3.
    • Quiz 2: Plautus. Wk 4.
    • Quiz 3: Catullus. Wk 6.
    • Quiz 4: Aeneid. Wk 12.
    • Quiz 5: Thyestes. Wk 14.
  • participation [15%]
  • [extra credit (1): up to +4%; see below] Due April 12th.
  • [extra credit (2): up to +3%; see below] Due May 1st.

Format all papers double-spaced with Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1” margins at top and bottom, 1.25” margins on sides. Papers must be printed and handed in (not emailed) on the stated date to your Teaching Fellow at the beginning of the lecture. Paper topics will be released 3 weeks in advance of the due date (8th February; 5th April). All papers MUST include references to primary sources discussed in this course (in lecture and/or in section).

The Midterm exam will include:

  • Course quiz: questions on Roman history, literature, culture (30 questions)
  • Commentary: identify and comment on literary passages and/or art object (answer 3 out of choice of 5)

The Final exam will include:

  • Course quiz: questions on Roman history, literature, culture (30 questions)
  • Commentary: identify and comment on literary passages and/or art object (answer 3 out of choice of 5)
  • Essay (answer 1 essay question out of choice of 3)

Quizzes will assess your understanding of material recently discussed in lecture. The topic of each quiz can be found in the schedule of readings. These will be administered during the first 15 mins of sections in the following weeks.

Participation is assessed according to your level of involvement in class discussion in section. You can increase your participation grade by speaking in section and/or by visiting office hours (of your Teaching Fellow or mine).

Grade scale:
A = 95-100%
A- = 90-94%
B+ = 87-89%
B = 84-86%
B- = 80-83%
C+ = 77-79%
C = 74-76%
C- = 70-73%
D+ = 67-69%
D = 65-66%
F = 0-64%


 

 

 

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Extra credit (1): MFA visit [up to +4%] 


Extra credit (2): Poem composition [up to +3%]
Write a poem in the style of Catullus or Vergil. For a poem in the style of Catullus, you could write about: love, competition with your contemporaries, daily life, empire, travel. For a poem in the style of Vergil, you could try to render a scene from history or legend into a poetic form. Due May 1st. Print and hand to me (not your Teaching Fellow) before lecture. 

You may do one or both (or neither!) of the extra credit assignments.


Lateness & Academic Integrity:
All work is due on the dates specified except in case of emergencies. If you are unable to attend an exam due to such an emergency, you must contact me before class. If I am not in my office, leave a message in the department office with Classics staff (617-353-2427), or email me (culik@bu.edu). Violations of academic conduct (such as plagiarism) will be reported to the Dean. For the code, see: http://www.bu.edu/academics/policies/academic-conduct-code/. Plagiarism is a serious offence, and benefits no one. If you are ever in a crisis over a paper or report and are tempted to plagiarize, come speak to me instead. 


Disability & Accommodation:
Any student requesting accommodations based on disability should contact BU’s Disability Services: http://www.bu.edu/disability/.