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Started by Thursday's_Child, September 26, 2019, 08:37:56 AM

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mamselle

A review of "The Seven Deadly Sins"?

Or plagiarized from Swift?

M.
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Reprove not a scorner, lest they hate thee: rebuke the wise, and they will love thee.

Give instruction to the wise, and they will be yet wiser: teach the just, and they will increase in learning.

0susanna

Quote from: present_mirth on October 04, 2019, 10:45:39 AM
"These evil desires are birthed into society through sin and christened with putrid breath by ancient sages still barely old enough to comprehend them, but too beaten to conquer the miasma created by these monsters. What names these cantankerous mind-germs are ascribed varies from culture to culture, but, as language is the favorite hilt of morality's sometimes tempered blade, these names bear chief importance in the war against sin."

I feel like someone would rather be writing a fantasy novel than the literary analysis paper I assigned, but OK...

Does the entire paper read like this? I'd wonder if student has run a quote through one of those online paraphrasing systems, though it does read too coherently, if exaggeratedly high in style, to be generated by a machine. But what are "ancient sages still barely old enough to comprehend them, but too beaten to conquer the miasma"?

present_mirth

Quote from: mamselle on October 04, 2019, 11:00:03 AM
A review of "The Seven Deadly Sins"?

Or plagiarized from Swift?

M.

Got it in one, pretty much! The paper is about Dr. Faustus, specifically the Seven Deadly Sins pageant-within-a-play. Fortunately, the rest of it is not nearly as overwritten, and is really pretty decent on the whole; I am also confident it's the student's own work, he just couldn't resist the temptation to try to make his introduction all fancy.

apl68

Students do sometimes like to show off their Sunday-go-to-meeting fancy vocabulary.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  I've never forgotten the start I got when an undergrad student used "crapulent," more or less correctly, in an exam essay.
If any will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.
For how does a man profit if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?

writingprof

Not a sentence, but the title of a submitted Word doc:

TheyWereRacist.docx.

What this student lacks in subtlety, hu gains in alignment with the Zeitgeist.

marshwiggle

Quote from: writingprof on October 28, 2019, 08:19:02 AM
Not a sentence, but the title of a submitted Word doc:

TheyWereRacist.docx.

What this student lacks in subtlety, hu gains in alignment with the Zeitgeist.

Saves time for the person grading; if the grader is an "activist", then they can just assign the A+ and move on without opening it.
It takes so little to be above average.

Chemystery

"The hexane was hated until the temperature stopped increasing."


Aster

"Due to deeply embedded fish line broken humorous, need surgery septic infection."

I marked off so many points on the student's paper just for this sentence.

apl68

Quote from: Aster on December 04, 2019, 01:05:54 PM
"Due to deeply embedded fish line broken humorous, need surgery septic infection."

I marked off so many points on the student's paper just for this sentence.

I'm curious as to the context of this sentence.  Nursing class?  Creative writing?  Excuse for absence?
If any will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.
For how does a man profit if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?

Bede the Vulnerable

"The Russian government was then seeking to build the Trans-Atlantic Railway through Persia."

(No wonder the tsars didn't make it.)
Of making many books there is no end;
And much study is a weariness of the flesh.

downer

Quote from: Aster on December 04, 2019, 01:05:54 PM
"Due to deeply embedded fish line broken humorous, need surgery septic infection."

I marked off so many points on the student's paper just for this sentence.

I strongly suspect the use of a paraphrasing website here.
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."—Sinclair Lewis

AmLitHist

From a student self-assessment this week:

I came to class every day and completed all the work, even if I didn't understand it.

That last part goes a long way in explaining her final grade.

Myword

My students confused "surely" with surly.
And causal with casual,    every time.  Nature is very casual. God has casual powers.

Nature of reality meant the reality of nature. Consciousness was conscience.

present_mirth

From a response to cantos 3-5 of The Rape of the Lock:

"This was like reading an espionage scene and the Yu Gi Oh manga fused together."

I don't really know what this means, but it's awesome, regardless.

Bede the Vulnerable

"We are used to being taught in school about major American wars, like the Crusades and the War of 1812."

Yep.  I will need more coffee before I can write a comment on that paper.
Of making many books there is no end;
And much study is a weariness of the flesh.