Literary Allusion

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    Oh bugger.

    The British Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, recently contended that students of English Literature are struggling because so many do not understand biblical references that would have been common knowledge 50 years ago.

    The BBC is testing this hypothesis with 10 questions. I thought I woud be pretty good at this becausae I really love a lot of what are regarded as great books. However, I got only 5 out of 10, and more than one of those was an educated guess. :sad:

    Don't cheat to make yourself look smarter (nor even to make me look dumber...)

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    6 of 10. Which surprises me because I have never read the whole Bible just parts and pieces. I use the extensive research material in the back of my Bible to find things I need.
     
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    I only got 6 of 10
     
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    6 of 10 with 2 semi-educated guesses.
     
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    There's a pattern emerging...
     
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    4-7: By the skin of your teeth

    I think the problem lies with the literary texts being classics as well. Not many Biblical references made in contemporary writing.
     
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    Are you saying they copied over each other's shoulders?
     
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    No. Saying everyone got more than me. :sad:
     
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    Only one more.
     
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    8 out of 10 for me, but I'm surprised I didn't do better, frankly, after being a Sunday School teacher and English major.

    This is a quandary for me. I've not taught my kids about the bible because I think it is full of barbarism and atrocities, but it is liberally referenced in many great literary works. Is an understanding of these archaic Biblical stories NECESSARY in today's society? Or, is it simply another phase of intellectual evolution? For instance, the founding fathers referenced classic greek and roman scholars as much or more than they referenced the Bible. Which is more important? Knowing mundane details about the Old Testament, or having read Aristotle's "Rhetoric"?
     
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