The Day the Earth Stood Still


af5e66a7e130da36a7985e35f184dbc3Sunday, January 25 –It is the day before our January exams start and I have a terrible headache. It’s so bad that I’m having trouble even turning my head without feeling a nasty pain. But there is a good reason for the headache: I have been studying all day long without a break.  And I’m not finished, there’s still an enormous amount of work ahead of me. I’ve been thinking of calling in sick but I’m not sure if it’s really a good idea. I don’t think you are allowed to retake the exams unless you have a very good reason (like a shark attack or being run over by a bus).

So what subject am I studying for? EVERY SUBJECT. Everything we’ve learned so far this school year will be part of the test. So much to do, and so little time!


To give you a better idea of what I’m talking about, here’s my exam schedule for next week:

Monday 8:45 – 10:45

1:45 – 3:45



Tuesday 8:45 – 10:45

11:15 – 1:15



Wednesday 11:15 – 1:15 Economics
Thursday 11:15 – 1:15 French
Friday 8:45 – 10:45 Chemistry

I have already spent all of Saturday studying for the history exam. Basically I had to reread most of my school books and take notes. The main topics that will be tested are:

  • The US Economy 1945 – 1989flag-40724_640
  • The American Way of Life
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott 1956
  • B. Johnson and The Vietnam War 1963 – 1968
  • The Moon Landing
  • Martin Luther King

As you can see it’s mostly about US history because that’s what we’ve been learning about the past couple of months.

blog-time2With history covered, it’s now time to start reviewing the topics for the English test. You may have noticed the two week gap between my blog posts. I don’t really have a lot of time for anything but the test preparations.

In English we are going to be tested on the following authors and books:

William Shakespeare:

  • King Lear

Sylvia Plath:

  • Black Rook in Rainy Weather                            FlBHOW1422479224
  • The Times Are Tidy
  • Morning Song
  • Mirror
  • Poppies in July
  • Child

Elizabeth Bishop:

  • The FishljMt6z1422479184
  • The Bight
  • At the Fishhouses
  • The Prodigal
  • The Armadillo
  • Filling Station

In both History and English we will be expected to write essays about a random topic. I just hope there will be enough time to finish all the essays. It’s quite a challenge since we’re also expected to include famous quotes by the authors and each essay has to be at least five pages long.

wish me luck

There’s another long night of learning ahead of me. Hopefully it will all be worth the effort and I’ll pass the exams. Wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed!

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