Despite my attentions in using a different euphemism for Jake’s injury during each class period as we studied The Sun Also Rises, my students remain very literal.
Excerpts from final exams:
1. “Jake also lost his penis in the war.”
2. “Bret by the end of the book has just about slept with every male in the whole story (except for Jake I think because doesn’t have junk)”
3. “He can never sire children nor enjoy the company of a woman ever again.”