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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: Memory Blank
By Lucile McKenzie
07/28/08


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I think Iím going to throw up! Professor Lang is coming down the aisle with the final exams for the term. Iíd rather face a firing squad than take an exam. Why did I ever decide to go to college and put myself through this all the time? I hope I donít blank out like I usually do. Well, here it is. Iíve got to get a grip. Itís just an exam, after all. Yeah, sure.

First question: Define ďManifest DestinyĒ and write a short essay about it. Manifest Destiny? Iíve never heard of Manifest Destiny. I donít know anything about Manifest Destiny. I must be in the wrong class No, no thereís Professor Lang, the same students, the time is right, okay, okay. Iíll look at the next question. No, I donít know the answer to that one, either. Nor the next one. Come on brain, get to work!

I donít know any of these answers. Everyone else is busy writing. Why donít I know any answers? Why is my brain sitting in my head like a lump of silly putty? I have to think, think. Now, come on. Iíve been in class every day. Iíve taken enough notes to stretch across the entire state. I studied until I thought I could write the whole text book from memory! I need to relax, get my brain in gear and concentrate.

Now, the world wonít come to an end if I donít pass this test, will it? Mine will, yes. Oh, God, please let me think. Yes, Iíll pray. Should have done that first. Please, God, I really need your help, please help me on this test, Amen.

Now, Manifest Destiny. Think about it, focus, focus. Oh, yeah, I sort of remember now, something about the expansion of the United States as inevitable. Think, think. Well, rather than turn in a totally blank page Iíll just start writing what little I do remember...

Wow, is the time up already? I just finished the last answer! Thank you, God!


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Marlene Austin07/31/08
Ah-h-h-h, test anxiety - you've written about something I'm sure a lot here can relate to. :)
Anita van der Elst07/31/08
I enjoy this in-the-moment free flowing almost stream of consciousness style.
Patty Wysong08/01/08
I really enjoyed this one! A wonderful approach to the topic, and one that so many of us can relate to...if we can remember back that far. LoL. Well done.
Glynis Becker 08/02/08
I can remember a timed essay on Hamlet in high school where I went through that same scenario :) Brought back a lot of memories. Great job.
Mary Hackett08/04/08
Haha...just out of high school and into college, so I can relate like crazy to this entry! What a fun piece :)