Archive for the ‘Pull Questions’ Category

Pull Question: The Origin of the Species

Why is the existence of God beyond the scope of science for Darwin? Darwin’s Origin of the Species ends with the following sentence: There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet...
February 27th, 2014 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: Esther

How do the book, characters and circumstances of Esther point us to Christ? It seems that a major qualification for a book in the Bible should be some mention of God, Christ, the Scriptures, or even prayer. The book of Esther has none of these. Yet the story clearly records God’s extraordinary deliverance...
July 16th, 2013 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: Paradise Regained

How does Milton redefine the concept of a Homeric hero? A Homeric hero: courageous, daring, angry, charming, strong, manly, passionate, commanding, skilled in oration, alluring. This is Satan in Milton’s masterful prequel, Paradise Lost. Although we watch the Devil’s extraordinary fall from heaven...
May 1st, 2013 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: The Aeneid

Does Aeneas grow to fill the shoes of an epic hero, or does he succumb to an animalistic rage, unworthy of a Roman? The establishment of Aeneas’ true character boils down to the last two and a half pages of the epic. By this time, he has completed his mission to conquer part of Italy, and by doing...
April 10th, 2013 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: Wuthering Heights

Spoiler alert: This post is full of plot and character details from Wuthering Heights. For Heathcliff and Catherine, is it better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all? Here’s another way to phrase this question: Is it better to live passionately or safely? Better to spend a single...
March 26th, 2013 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: Dante’s Purgatory

Can the Terrestrial Paradise become Limbo for someone like Virgil? In canto 28 of Purgatory, Virgil is inside of the Terrestrial Paradise along with Dante and Statius.  This seems like an odd thing to happen, since Virgil normally dwells in Limbo, which is in hell.  Limbo is a place in hell that is...
January 31st, 2013 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

How do real religion and God play into slavery? In the preface, WM. Lloyd Garrison says that any “country in the hands of a righteous God, who is ever on the side of the oppressed, and whose arm is not shortened that it cannot save” is a country that must abhor slavery.  Any heart that disagrees...
January 11th, 2013 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: Dante’s Inferno

Why does Dante’s journey end with an immobilized sin (i.e., Satan held in place, powerless)? Dante’s journey through hell begins with three animals attacking him at the base of the hill of Calvary. The leopard, lion, and she-wolf represent sin collectively (corresponding to different specific sins...
December 12th, 2012 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

What would you add to or subtract from Franklin’s understanding of virtue? Benjamin Franklin decides that it was “time [he] conceiv’d the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection.”[1]  After this decision, he outlines for the reader his plan for attaining moral perfection. He...
November 28th, 2012 | Pull Questions | Read More

Pull Question: Proverbs

As a part of my Torrey Honors Institute education, I was assigned a short writing assignment for every text we read, called a “Pull Question.” The idea was simple: pull together various concepts from a class session, and spend some more time writing or thinking about them. The professor would...
November 26th, 2012 | Pull Questions | Read More
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