Semester Exams

This week Bastrop High School is giving semester exams. My exam for honors freshman and regular sophomores (I love the literal Greek meaning of “sophomore.” It means wise fool!) is a hundred question test centered on definitions, vocabulary, literary terms, and cultural literacy questions. 7th period was yesterday, Monday; today is 1st and 2nd; tomorrow, 3rd and 4th; and Friday, 5th and 6th.  I and the students are ready for the holidays.

 This week, I’ve been reading The Orchid Thief, and am absolutely enjoying it. Though nonfiction, the author has a captivating style. I didn’t realize flowers could drive people so mad! Ah, the things people become obsessed with. 

Here’s a quote from the book I really like: “For when a man falls in love with orchids, he’ll do anything to possess the one he wants. It’s like chasing a green-eyed woman or taking cocaine . . . .it’s a sort of madness . . . .'”