[M.M.X.I.V. 344] Fast and free finish

“I’m done with Hamlet.  We’ve flogged a dead horse, and there’s no point in going on.”

This leads to a two-pronged post.  In some sense, I am reverse-engineering it, because my prompt for the day led me to think of “fast and free finish.”  But, the reading of the post starts from “fast and free finish” and goes to what I had considered!  Confused yet?  Read on anyway!

The late-fall unit that we covered in my twelfth-grade English class was Hamlet.  At about this time of year (TEN YEARS AGO!!), there seemed to be some grumbling in the class about reading it, and maybe some of the people not getting as much out of it as was ideal.  Therefore, Mr. Sack presented us with an individualized survey and three options.  I recall the headlines for each option, but the quotes afterward are my interpretation in a few cases.

  • Fast and Free Finish: “I’m done with Hamlet.  We’ve flogged a dead horse, and there’s no point in going on.”  For people who chose this option, they had to choose a different work of Comparable Literary Merit and write a 1500-word critique of the paper.
  • Guided Expediency: “I’m frustrated, but I’d like some assistance in figuring out how to write a paper on Hamlet.”
  • The Whole Shebang: “I’m still on board with Hamlet.  Let’s delve deeper!”

So, the idea of “Fast and Free Finish” I thought about when I decided what to write about this morning.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had office hours in preparation for the students’ final exam today (which starts in 56 minutes, so I better take a Fast and Free Finish to this post… ha!).  Once the exam is finished, of course, the other TA and I will grade it.  However, we will be able to take more of a Fast and Free Finish to this quarter of TA responsibilities.  Why and how?

  1. (Why) The exams will not ordinarily be handed back to the students.
  2. (Why) The students are probably burnt out from the course already.
  3. (How) Comments will not be left; only marks and numbers.
  4. (Why) The end of the tunnel is near, and why should I languish in it?
  5. (Why) Speed is good, particularly when considering the previous four points!
    1. Now it’s time to get silly.
  6. (How) Dewey Cheetham
  7. (How) long to the Point of Know Return?  
  8. (Why) Because!  I don’t know!  He’s on third and I don’t give a darn!
  9. (What) <buzz> What <buzz> What was the name of <buzz> What was the name of… (start it at 1:55 for best effect)

All right.  With that list, I’m ready to proctor and then take on the grading!


Today is the three-hundred and forty-fourth day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes forty-nine weeks and one day.

Today is the three-hundred and forty-sixth day of Mission 441.  Ninety-five days remain.


2 thoughts on “[M.M.X.I.V. 344] Fast and free finish

  1. Love it, Noah! Very funny – and the responses to the Bard only too familiar to me from years of trying to ‘sell’ ‘Macbeth’ to bottom set year ten classes! They weren’t having any of it!


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