Midterm Exam

You must answer numbers 1 or 2. Then select and respond to two of the other questions (#3, 4, or 5). In all, you will have three questions answered.

All responses should in essay format with complete sentences and paragraphs. Be sure to provide evidence and examples to support your assertions. There is no specific page requirement; write as fully and completely as possible and until you have nothing more to say for each question. When appropriate, use as many references to course ideas and course material (i.e., film, documentaries, short stories, reading excerpts, class discussion/lecture and examples from the world of sports). Also, try not to double up on the use of stories too much. You want to demonstrate a good awareness of multiple readings/films.

You must answer # 1 or 2

  1. How does hubris play a part in the film Eight Men Out? Compare and contrast it with another one of the texts (either from the Best American Sports Writing text or one of the examples we viewed in class). How does the hubris in this story play out in comparison to Eight Men Out?

OR

  1. (Compare and contrast the journey of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team (from the documentary Dare to Dream) with the journey of the N.C. State basketball team (Survive and Advance). Focus on the most significant similarities and differences. Use at least some of Joseph Campbell’s explanation of “the hero’s journey.” Focus on how these stories have similar themes but present them in different ways. Be sure to use ideas and terms from the course.

You must answer 2 of the next 3 questions:

  1. Discuss one story from our Best American Sports Writing text (or one film/documentary from the course) and relate it to Aristotle’s theory of tragedy. Be sure to demonstrate a clear understanding of Aristotle’s theory. You might consider vices, as they fit into the story, and the idea of the “tragic flaw” as you discuss these stories.
  1. We have looked at stories that dramatize how one event (mistake, error, accident, etc.) can impact an entire life. Whether a victim or a scapegoat, discuss two stories we have read (or seen) this term. Avoid writing about a story from another answer.
  1. Reflect on the poem “To an Athlete Dying Young” by A.E. Housman. Consider how the poem addresses the theme of youth and sports. Try to make a connection to one other story we have read from Best Sports Stories.

**Dare to Dream (3 parts) is in week 2 and Survive and Advance is in week 6