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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Exam (09/12/13)

TITLE: The last ten minutes before the final
By Joshua Holcomb


Ten minutes left… then it begins.
My fingers are jittery.
Wish I’d slept better than I did last night. I was worried about today… who wouldn’t be.
Everything comes down to this test: graduate or wait till autumn.
Six years is a long time to wait for a piece of paper with the words ‘BA’ on it.
Amazing how much stock people put in those two words these days.
The caffeine’s kicking in now. I’m glad we can bring energy drinks into these things. I’ll crash later, maybe have a headache; but a tradition is a tradition. Besides, I need every aid I can get… especially with this class.
I hope I studied long enough. This isn’t exactly one of my better classes… philosophy never really was. He doesn’t really down grade the precise use of names. All that matters is I get the idea across as clearly as I can.
I’m not really worried about the latter sections; I can clean up easily there. 4th dimensional physics and theology, easy to remember; glad I’m a sci-fi geek and a theology nerd. I can probably bring up the grade with that section. Plus, the extra credit helps every bit… saved my grade, once.
I wonder if I can get away with any colorful illustrations. Maybe I can make a few mythological or historical references to help visualize my argument. It all depends on the topic. If they want to know about the divine attributes of God, I could probably tie in some… no, pop culture might work better. Using black holes to describe the wrath of God… inescapable, all consuming, powerful… yeah, that could work. Sustaining the universe… like how a storyteller makes a world with a bunch of ink. I think C.S. Lewis used an illustration like that once… oh, I could indirectly cite him as a source. That gives the metaphor credibility.
I’ve been thinking a lot about phoenix and dragons, lately. Too bad I can’t make any allusions to that. If we were talking about the church, I could tie in the whole relationship between the two. Yeah, in Chinese culture the dragon symbolizes the emperor, and the phoenix his wife. Maybe I could even use the phoenix resurrecting qualities as a tie-in for baptism… maybe.
No, it won’t do any good thinking about it now. We’re studying philosophy of religion, not the relationship of Christ and the church.
I know my grade is in God’s hands… but that doesn’t excuse my responsibility to study hard and give it my best.
Three minutes has gone by.
This is gonna be a long day… might’ve been shorter if I hadn’t woke up so early.
Guess I should glance over my study guide one more time… just in case I forget something.
This was a lot easier in my English classes… God’ll provide regardless the grade.

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Brenda Rice 09/19/13
You made me feel as if I were still in class taking a test.

Your article is well written and interesting. Spaces between paragraphs would make it easier to read.

Some times I have trouble with copy and paste. Use review several times before submitting to get it just right.

Thanks for sharing
Joanne Sher 09/23/13
Great stream-of-consciousness writing. Felt like I was right there.
Jan Ackerson 09/23/13
During the break in the Weekly Challenge schedule, I’d like to invite you to the FaithWriters forums, where I’m holding a weekly free “class” in various writing strategies. Participation is strictly voluntary, but I give free and timely feedback on all contributions. I’d love to have you drop by! http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67