Well, we had our first midterm this morning – the hard one (ART H 497), we think. Unlike most art history exams, there were no slides/images to identify, no “compare and contrast these artists/works/periods/styles” questions and nothing unexpected. The exam was structured in the form of three short answer and two essay questions, and a time limit of an hour and a half. Because of my learning disabilities, I take my exams separately from the rest of the class, but because there are no faculty offices or broom closets to lock me in, you know what that means? I got to take my exam in a 13th century fortified brick tower. That’s right. The test went very well, I’m feeling really really great about it and it’s apparent (to me, at least) that all of my studying over the weekend paid off, and then some.
In other news, today is Rome’s 2,763rd birthday! Every year Rome’s birthday is celebrated during settimana della cultura (Italian Culture Week) with a city-sponsored fireworks display at Piazza del Popolo (Piazza of the People, appropriately). Have some fireworks pictures!