I have been studying for this damn Greek History Exam for... well you don't want to know how long! But I've been working really intensely on it for the last school year. It's been driving me crazy... I am not a historian by nature. At least I figured out I could make myself do the readings by simultaneously making myself ride a stationary bike—that part at least has been great for my health.
Today I finally took it.
I've been studying (or rather trying with moderate success to force myself to study) like a maniac for the last several days. This morning as I pulled up on campus, I could not believe how scared I was. When I talked to people I could not hide the terror from my voice. But once I started, I calmed down.
There were three sections: The first was ID's. I couldn't get every one, but as the instructions said to do as many as you can, I hope I'm not expected to. The second and third were essay questions (the former on methodology, the latter on historical themes). I had to pick one question from each. I confess the deck was somewhat stacked in my favor. Initially I tried not to take the bait, by going with "What are the methodological problems of using Greek comedy as a historical source?" and "Was Athens a typical Greek city-state?" Two things I know about, but which aren't my special pet subjects. But I quickly said "@* it!" and switched over to "What are the methodological problems of using Demotic papyri as a historical source?" and "How 'Hellenized' was Ptolemaic Egypt?" So in the end, I probably did fine on both essays too.
Did I pass? Well, I guess I'll find out in about a week! In the mean time I'm SO GLAD IT'S DONE!
Now I'm off to relax by doing some yoga & tækwondo.