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There's something strange about the atmosphere this evening. One doesn't often see Albus Dumbledore looking... twitchy....

Ah well, no matter. If it's significant, no doubt I'll hear about it in due time.



[[Filtered to Ancient Runes students]]

The balance of you have been progressing at a satisfactory pace this term, despite the constant interruptions for which this school is well known. However, straining as you are to be gone, we cannot neglect the opportunity to find out how much you have learned so far.

That's right; I'm talking about an exam. Don't all applaud at once.~

From Wednesday to Friday, I will be administering practical exams in the usual classroom. They will touch upon every subject we've covered this term, so bring your complete notes to class on Tuesday and see that there are no treacherous spots of ignorance in your knowledge. There will be a bonus question on the most recent chapter of The Polyglot Peril; read it with attention on the changeability of language and the importance of actual and perceived intent in crafting a verbal spell. There will, of course, be House points given for the practical portion of the test. Ravenclaw's recent win gives their House a significant lead for the House Cup, so you should all welcome the chance for some friendly academic competition.

You'll find a list of supplies tacked to the door of my office. Come armed with everything you need, ignoring any items that Peeves may have added in crayon.

[[/filtered]]


Supplies:
Second year: full set of quills and inks of different colors, consistencies, and compositions*
Third-year: chisel, holly oil, #2 brush; other supplies will be provided
Fourth-year through seventh-year: dragon-hide gloves, wand, full sets of brushes, solvents, and inks; other supplies will be provided

Exam topics:
Second-years: Elder Futhark; pronunciation and translation; drawing simple wards on parchment.
Third-years: other Norse rune systems; use of drafting tools to draw and letter more complex wards on parchment and wood.
Fourth-years: runes at spellcrafting level; syllabic interpretation; acid etching of runes on stone.
Fifth-years: OWL-level, so it will be hard. Translating spells into Elder, Younger, and Anglo-Saxon runes and back again; creating multilinguistic ward stones; use of materials to imbue words with different magical effects than they would normally have.
Sixth-years: working with their chosen NEWTs language track (Semitic abjads, Egyptian hieroglyphics, or Chinese scripts); translating freely between English letters, ancient runes, and their new language characters; art as a supplement to lettering when symbology is uncertain.
Seventh-years: NEWT-level; translating simple spells into and out of their chosen language; use of all standard materials for runework and wardcrafting; imbuing written words with trigger-spells; preserving written material without destroying its magical components.



[[That's right, it's a HOMEWORK POST! \o/ Exams will be graded on the usual sliding scale of D(readful) to O(utstanding), and the points range will be 0-5 points (second and third years), 0-10 points (fourth and fifth), and 0-15 points (sixth and seventh), with up to five extra points for putting theory into practice. Leave a brief comment with your character's name, house, and how well they do on the test -- continuity-wise, the testing will occur a day or so after the fear event.

If you're not sure if you're in this class, check the sign-up list here.]]

OOC

Date: 2009-12-08 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nadleehs-virtue.livejournal.com
Duo Maxwell - Gryffindor, Second Year - Has half a set of quills, no sharpener, and only two different inks. He has no issues with any of the practical stuff such as pronunciations and knowing what certain things do, but the actual memorization part with translating and all that... not so good.

Tieria Erde - Ravenclaw, Sixth Year - Fully prepared, though his items aren't exactly top of the line due to monetary issues. He's an orphan after all. His language track is Egyptian Hieroglyphics, and he has nearly mastered everything that has been taught thus far this year towards the NEWT. His work seems mostly rote, however, lacking the personal touch of an individual interpretation as he seems to be simply regurgetating what he's painstakingly memorized.

Re: OOC

Date: 2009-12-08 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
Duo gets marked down for having incomplete supplies; since he does well on pronunciation and theory, he gets an A (Acceptable) and three points. Bob advises him to come up with a system to make memorization easier.

As long as Tieria's materials are useable, that won't be a problem. Bob gives him an E (Excellent) and ten points for his accurate work, but steers him in the direction of some of the more counterintuitive texts where he'll have to interpret the material's import as well as memorizing it.

Date: 2009-12-10 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magicofthewild.livejournal.com
Daine Sarrasri, 7th Gryffindor: Daine does reasonably well, remembering to bring all of her materials and using them correctly. She translates her spells into and out of Egyptian heiroglyphs, with only minor errors taking them out of the language. Her trigger-spells are a bit weak, but her preservation skills are very good. For being freaked out the day before, she seems to remember a lot from class despite not being able to study without looking over her shoulder in panic.

Date: 2009-12-10 09:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
Daine gets three extra points for her practical work; her competence in the other areas merits her an E(xcellent)+ and 14 points. After the practical Bob gives her a few tips on how to improve her trigger spells and commends her on good work under pressure.

Date: 2009-12-12 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dylandy-lion.livejournal.com
Neil Dylandy - Gryffindor, Sixth Year - Has all of his supplies. His language track is the Chinese scripts. He does reasonable well with what he has been taught towards the NEWT, though he forgets a few characters. But he is able to interpret the sentences and is able to get the basic idea of some of the sections even though he doesn't remember it exactly. Even so some of them he has the wrong word for the characters so a few sentences don't work.

Date: 2009-12-13 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
That'll be three extra points for preparedness and the characters that do work, as well as an A(cceptable) and 10 points overall. Chinese characters are difficult, but there's a distinctive set that NEWT students get, so Bob is able to point him in the direction of which ones he should concentrate on reviewing at this point.

OOC;

Date: 2009-12-13 06:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nordic-tiger.livejournal.com
Sveinn Halvorsen- Ravenclaw, sixth year: has complete supplies, and choose Egyptian hieroglyphics because the other two gave him a headache, especially Chinese scripts. Able to translate almost all of them because he studied the night before, despite being scarred for life by the boggart event, and his trigger-spells are perfect. His preservation skills aren't very good, though.

Re: OOC;

Date: 2010-01-18 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobthewizard.livejournal.com
[[Massively late, BUT STILL. ;;]]

Svienn gets an O and fourteen points for his near-perfect work, and five points extra for his practical skills. There's a point off somewhere in there for the preservation, which Bob tells him he needs to work on, but all in all, excellent work!

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