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Hidden Powers (of Non-Magic People)

“We do not need Magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” – J.K. Rowling



{ EXAM I }

60 points

please submit all work to with the subject “Exam I – Your HOL Name”

• Mirror Monologue (60 points)

“Ten Scrolls” / 1000 words

Your task for this Examination is to write a Reflective Essay on this past semester. Each of the four Powers (Faith, Hope, Courage, and Love) must be incorporated in one fashion or another with a minimum of 125 words apiece. The other 500 words may be spread out as you please across each of the energies and/or within an introduction and inclusion, etc.

Perhaps there will be a general theme or through-line to your composition with some primary topic or theory you’d like to delve into. Maybe each area will be entirely different, or you’ll compare and contrast one thing against another. You could write about what has impacted you the most overall in one or many sections, or discuss what has come up for you over the course of our months together within all the different Modules and across any interactions you’ve shared with me and your classmates.

Has any part of your life been drawn into a greater sense of harmony and balance, or have you thought of any new ways of approaching how that might happen? Feel encouraged to include how other experiences here at HOL (past or present) or in other parts of your offline world might be incorporated, or if your perspective(s) on anything has changed over time.

Trust that whatever is internally craving to be worked into the mix will let you know. In many ways, if you’re tuned inward and listening with an open mind and heart, the Essay will mostly write itself! So long as you conduct yourself under HOL guideline then there are no accidents, coincidences, or mistakes here. If you wish to share your Essay, go ahead and post in the corresponding “Mirror Monologues” thread over at our Class Forum. In any case, I hope you’ll have some fun with it!

“Life is a series of thoughts and emotions. Nothing so real as these. We see things as we choose to and define them as we please. But physicality is meaningless, the thoughts live in the mind. Free your spirit, and now transgress. The world sleeps still behind.” – Anonymous



30 points / 60 beans

These are SUPPLEMENTAL. While TWO of these prompts may be utilized toward the 150 point minimum for a passing grade and Quill requirements, I am UNABLE to award you more than 300 points in a single term even if you’ve earned them. Beans on the other hand are up for grabs by anyone!

Mirror Manifestation (15 points / 30 beans)

“Scroll-and-a-Half” / 150 words

Write some kind of a Short Story or Poem that revolves around Powers from this past term. Let those creative juices flow! Please note that regardless of number of lines, even poetry submissions must adhere to the 150 word requirement for full credit.

Mirror Memory (15 points / 30 beans)

“Scroll-and-a-Half” / 150 words

Share a story from your past that reminds you of any prominent aspects of the powers we’ve discussed this term. This may be from your real life (keeping privacy rules in mind), and/or experiences you’ve had here at HOL.

Mirror Media (15 points / 30 beans)

“Scroll-and-a-Half” / 150 words

Based on your reflections from the last few months, choose one piece of media you find in any way to relate to this term for you. This could be a book, television show, movie, musical album, etc., and doesn’t have to be something completely new to yourself, so long as it speaks to you as connecting to the vibe you’re associating with these energies we’ve gone over. Perhaps you’ll go into detail about why you chose this in particular, along with what aspects correspond most appropriately with your sense of this month’s power. What’s your general opinion of your selection’s strengths or weaknesses? Anything unexpected or enlightening come up along the way? Include whatever you feel compelled to share!

Mirror Mining (15 points / 30 beans)

“Scroll-and-a-Half” / 150 words

Head over to the Class Forum and explore. If you find something written in a previous post that in your mind relates to this month’s power in any way which inspires you to further expand or reflect upon, you can use this as an option for the Bonus. You’re welcome to poke around or ‘mine through’ the past years of work shared from previous members of the class to find thoughts, concepts, theories, or stories that strike a chord in you and help point toward something you may wish to write about here.


++ Please Note: in accordance with official HOL School Timelines, NO EXTENSIONS are permitted past end of semester deadlines. “Muggle Studies: Hidden Powers” is a One Term ClassAny Assignment, Extra Credit, or Exam MUST be received by 11:59pm HOL-time on January 15th (for Fall), then June 15th (for Spring) in order to qualify for House Points or a Quill unless a minimal grace period has already been granted. ++