Listen to the audio feed from TSTT Mission Control as you read, operatives.
sub umbrīs nigrīs, homō novus recumbit. subitō homō novus rīdet, atque surgit dē umbrīs nigrīs. stat in viā longā, et spectat ad terram, tunc ad caelum.
"Sinistrus sum," inquit homō novus. "herī nōn eram, sed hodiē sum. herī nōn poteram ad caelum spectāre, sed hodiē possum volāre."
Sinistrus ad caelum salit, et volat in nimbīs et per montēs altōs. tandem dēvolat dē montibus altīs et pendet in aeribus super crēbrīs arboribus. aliam arborem procul spectat, prope viam. hāc in arbore sedet puer.
Sinistrus cōnspicit aliquōs iuvenēs--virōs fēmināsque. iuvenēs puerō in arbore dīcunt verba.
Sinistrus cōnsilium capit.
Adjectives describe attributes of nouns. In English, you can usually tell which noun an adjective modifies because it is placed adjacent to that noun (i.e., "the brown dog chases the cat"; you know brown applies to dog and not cat because brown and dog are next to each other)
In the Latin language, we have other ways to tell which adjective and nouns go together. The adjectives are said to agree with their nouns in three ways: case, number, and gender. (Operatives, you will learn more about gender in Mission 9). This means that the noun and adjective will frequently have the same ending, but not always.
|accipiō, accipere, accēpī||to receive, accept||verb|
|alius, -a, -um||other, another||adjective|
|bibō, bibere, bibī||to drink||verb|
|cavus, -ī; m||cave||noun|
|crūstulum, -ī; n||pastry, baked good||noun|
|ōrdō, ōrdinis; m||row, link, order, series||noun|
|praemium; -ī; n||reward, war spoils, booty||noun|
|umbra, -ae; f||shadow||noun|
Operatives, hopefully this message will get through to your CODEX. We regret to inform you that here in Mission Control we literally just saw the Demiurge throw up his hands in frustration. We’re seeing this right when you do, so we don’t have anything brilliant to tell you. Special Agent Xenos, my boss, just strolled over from his Operation ΑΡΕΤΗ console, though, and took a look at my screen. He thinks Sinistrus may be talking about the film The Matrix, of all things. That’s all we’ve got for now but perhaps you could do a web search using some of the key words in Sinistrus' strange story. There seems to be an emphasis on prisoners watching shadows cast on the wall of a cave.
Hang in there and in the meantime perhaps this video clip will help you make sense of what the Sinistrus anomaly is asking of you.
CULTURALIA Comprehension Questions
Directions: Based on the clues that I've dropped for you in the CULTURALIA section, answer the following questions.
1. What is the Allegory of the Cave? In what work can you find it? Who wrote it and when was it written?
2. Who is in the cave? For how long have they been there? What are they doing in the cave?
3. What do the people in the cave think about the shadows which they are watching?
4. What happens when the hypothetical person is freed? What does he see outside of the cave? Why is it difficult for him? Why might he deny what he sees?
5. Why does the freed person return to the cave? What does he hope to accomplish? How would the others react to him?
6. Think about what those in the cave do on a daily basis; memorizing the shadows, receiving rewards for good performance, thinking themselves to be learned or educated. Do you think Plato had a favorable view of Athenian education? What would he think of modern education in comparison?
KEY-TEXT Comprehension Questions
Directions: Read the Key text for 8.1 and answer the following questions.
1. Where is the man at the beginning of the passage? What is he doing?
2. Where does he find himself and what does he do there?
3. After he states his name, what does he say about himself?
4. What comparison does he make between yesterday and today?
5. What surprising thing does he do next?
6. To where does he go? How does he get there?
7. What does he first see?
8. What else does he see? Who are the people he see there?
9. How does the passage end?
10. In your own words, explain what you think this passage is about.
Directions: From the key text from 8.1, find 5 different noun-adjective pairs. List them and their gender, number, and case.
Directions: Copy and paste each sentence into your attunement form, completing it with the correct adjective in parentheses that agrees with the noun in italics. Then translate the sentence.
1. umbrae (frigidae, frigidam, frigida) in mūrō appāruērunt.
2. vīr tubam (aurea, auream, aureās) lūdit.
3. Sinistrus est (rīdiculōsō, rīdiculōsum, rīdiculōsus).
4. Sinistrus cōnspicit (aliquae, aliquās, aliquam) fēminās.
5. Sinistrus volat per montēs (altum, altīs, altōs).
Directions: Refer back to the 8.1 immersion to answer the following questions in complete Latin sentences, according to the information Sinistrus is giving you.
According to Sinistrus:
1. ubi vōs sedētis et quid vōs spectātis?
2. quid aliī hominēs accipiunt?
3. potestisne virum cum tubā spectāre?
4. cur Sinistrus nōn vōs laudāre potest?
5. cur est Sinistrus īrātissimus? quid clāmat?