Final Exam Haikus – Fall 2016 Installment



For my final exams in Western Civilization class, I like to include a bit of ostensibly “fun” extra credit for the students to allow them to show their understanding of the material in creative ways. My go-to for this type of extra credit opportunity is a haiku writing.

I was particularly proud of myself on this year’s final exam because I managed to make the instructions for the extra credit meta:

Please write a haiku (5 syllables)

About something we studied (7 syllables)

And makes me laugh, too (5 syllables)

Here’s a sampling of the most amusing (and in some cases, timely) responses I got this year:

Alcibiades, a

demagogue who is dumb and

stupid but sexy


Columbus sailed far

he called them Indian friends

his naming was wrong


95 Theses

Martain Luther posted these

Does Jesus agree?


Columbus, my man

Discovered America?

Natives disagree


Pericles was smart

We are gonna “build a wall”.

That will never work


The Habsburg Jawline,

after years of inbreeding

hurt Chuck V badly.


This final one, while not content-related, does reveal that this student well understands my biggest pet-peeves of historical “analysis” and how to hopefully avoid them:


Dr. Kogan’s class

is fun, but not when we say

the word bias, yeah.


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