Essay questions (40pts). Answer the following on a separate sheet of paper.
1. Absolutely everything about the world is exactly the same except that gray squirrels live only in Madagascar and lemurs are widely distributed over Europe and North America.
2. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs include an insect-like representation with antennae and five limbs on each side. What else could the ancient Egyptians have been representing? What other reasons for the number of legs can you imagine?
3. Passing over a river on a footbridge, the students of two competing schools of Zen met and one student asks of the opposite group, “My friends, how deep is your river of Zen?” How would you respond? What is the correct response?
4. The man of genius, according to R. A. M. Stevenson, speaks of feelings which have always been suppressed by the world at large, what such feelings, do you think, is Stevenson considering?
5. Depict Diogenes of Sinope in a conversation with Jim Harrison, Alice Nutter or Bertolt Brecht discussing insecurity.
Firstly, lemurs are monkeys that like to live on cactus. Lemurs live on an island called Madagascar and so would perhaps, not be terribly comfortable on continents. They’d probably be happier on Australia because that’s a big enough island to just about be a continent, but not quite. Marsupials live on Australia. Australia was discovered by Captain Cook. When you look at Africa it kind of looks like it might be a really big island, because of the connection to Europe being sort of small (I’m pretty sure a peninsula can be big). Lemurs have to eat cactus or they’ll die of nutritionally related diseases . . .
Zen students. Zen students passing over a river and one of them says to another one of the other group coming the other way, they are crossing over the river at the same time, and crossing on the bridge over the river and one of the students says because they are over the river, “how deep is your river of Zen?” which maybe is a kind of joke about the river, since they are crossing the river and over it on the bridge at the time the thing was being said about the river of Zen. . . .
It would be harder to keep Lemurs out of the bird feeders if they were to change to liking bird food. . . .
The ancient Egyptian insect-like hieroglyph might be another kind of animal other than an insect or insect-like animal which should have less than ten legs like spiders. Lobsters have ten legs if you count the big claws but not all the little swimmer legs under the tail. So maybe they were thinking of a lobster, but didn’t depict the claws or tail. . . .
If I were on that bridge and I were asked “How deep is your river of Zen.” What I would think is, what does that mean, really? I would probably spend a lot of time thinking about what he means by “deep” and “how”. Maybe a couple of days. So that when we met back up, I’d have a correct answer for him. . . .
Diogenes of Sinope wouldn’t get along that good with Alice Nutter I would think, because Diogenes lived in a flower pot and had a dead dog for a pet, and because, maybe he was speaking Greek, and probably mostly the rest of them would be speaking English. . . .
A lobster does not have pentamerous radial symmetry. . . .
Captain Cook also discovered some more places in the area of Australia, but he got eaten by some people who were cannibals which was a pretty big danger in those days if you were an explorer. . . .
I think probably the feelings Stevenson is mentioning are the sexy feelings felt by many people in the world but those sexy feelings are often treated as bad by a lot of people who are in a position to be oppressive. . . .
Jim Harrison could maybe offer Diogenese a nice meal of some kind of animal hunted in the Upper Peninsula. Which is a well known peninsula around one of the great lakes and is well known as a peninsula, no one is heard to argue that it isn’t a peninsula and so maybe people living in a place not argued about might have feelings of insecurity . . .
We would have to go see gray squirrels at the zoo and lemurs would be getting hit by cars. This would be an upsetting thing I think, as I don’t think anyone would want to see a gray squirrel research center the same way people like to go see the lemur research center where they probably feed the lemurs a lot of cactus. . . .
Dear Dr. Howe,
I’m sorry to say this, but I didn’t study for these questions. I mostly studied for questions relating to the artwork of Paul Klees who I love very much all his blocks of color. I was hoping for more questions like that. Also I think it’s kind of bad of you to expect us to be prepared for these questions because I feel like we didn’t cover them as much as we did the other questions I am prepared for. So I’m going to write my own question now and answer it and I hope you can give me some credit for knowing that.
Question 6 – tell me what you like about the artwork of Paul Klees.
I like the artwork of Paul Klees very much, I think he’s a genius and a master artist. When I look at his paintings a feeling comes over me that feels wonderful. It’s like everything is on ten and with extra bass. I think the entire course should be about Paul Klees and then I would have an A.