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you have two weeks to complete this assignment.
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yes, this is a repost of last lesson, because no one did it. but there are new members...come on class. you can do better.

about vampires
A vampire is a mythical or folkloric creature said to subsist on human and/or animal blood often having magical powers and the ability to transform. Usually the vampire is the corpse of a dead person, reanimated or made undead by one means or another. Some cultures have myths of non-human vampires, such as demons or animals like bats, dogs, and spiders. Vampires are often described as having a wide variety of additional powers and character traits, extremely variable in different traditions, and are a frequent subject of folklore, cinema, and contemporary fiction.

destroying a vampire
A western vampire (which is not alive in the classical sense, and therefore referred to as undead) can be destroyed using several methods, which vary among "species" of vampires and between mythologies:

Beheading - basically as above, but without first using a stake.
Exposing a vampire to sunlight. This varies from culture to culture. Vampires that are active from sunset to sunrise often avoid sunlight as they can be weakened or sometimes destroyed by it. Many species of vampires are active from noon to midnight, and consequently sunlight is harmless. The idea of western vampires being vulnerable to sunlight began with the 1922 film Nosferatu, and has come to be seen as the absolute surest way to completely destroy a vampire. Previously western vampires could go out in the sunlight like in Bram Stoker's Dracula or Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla; in Dracula the vampire could go out but had none of his vampiric powers. He must remain in the form he was in at dawn, and cannot dematerialise or slip through small spaces.
Removing internal organs and burning them.
Pouring boiling water into a hole beside the vampire's grave.
Other typical weaknesses of the vampire include:

-Garlic or holy water, which repel or injure vampires.
-Objects made of silver preferably silver nitrate, which can keep a vampire away or harm them if they are in physical contact. A popular American addition to the folklore is the idea of fashioning bullets made of silver so mortal vampire hunters can use firearms against the monster.(Silver bullets are more commonly associated with werewolves)
-Such small items as rice, poppy seeds or salt, which can be strewn in a vampire's path. Possibly caused by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it is a common facet of many vampire myths. Thus the hanging of many cloves of garlic, or the scattering of small objects is said to cause the vampire to have to spend much time counting the exact number of spilled (or hung) objects before moving on. This can keep them out of mischief until morning. Possibly the origin of Sesame Street's, Count von Count. This varies by tradition.
-Running water, which vampires cannot cross. This varies by tradition with some stories having vampires simply turning into a bat and flying over when faced with this obstacle. In Dracula the vampire could cross only at tide's ebb
-Crosses and Bibles, which can keep vampires away. One simply holds the object in question in front of the vampire and the monster is kept at distance. Other stories have established that any religious symbol used by a sincere believer is effective. For example, in some stories, a Jew can use the Star of David to ward off a vampire. However in many stories, the monster can use its mind control powers to force the wielder to put down the object.
-Requiring an invitation to enter a home: Western vampires are thought to be unable to enter a residence unless they are invited inside. After that invitation, they can enter the location freely.
-Stealing of the left sock: Gypsy vampires can be killed if their left sock is stolen, filled with garlic or a stone, and tossed into a river. In theory, the vampire will leap into the river to retrieve it and will drown.

questions
answer all of them for a total of 75 points
1)What are three ways of destroying vampires?
2)Explain why you think that these methods would work.
3)Why do you think that vampires have powers that they have? Keep the definition of vampire in mind.
4)Which method of destroying or repelling a vampire is most effective? Why do you think so?
5)Describe any incident you've had with a vampire. Have you ever seen anyone with vampire-like qualities? Elaborate.


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1. The three ways of destroying vampires are: beheading, exposure to sunlight, and it is not stated above but isnt staking a vampire through the heart with anything wooden, that would kill them.
2.Why would any of these work? Well beheading I suppose cutting off the major 'life-force' of the spinal cord would automatically kill anything. Sunlight would kill becuase I think that since vampires are creatures of the night they have no business being in the sun lol. So therefor it'll burn their asses. And about the stake .... im guessin either vamps cant take the splinters in the heart or something lol.
3.Well vamps areeee mythical so says the definition. So therefor they can have any powers they want lol. Like those climbing abilities you see so often on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the fact that they are undead and so on.
4. I would think that beheading is the most effective, because what if you missed the heart when you were tryin to stake a vamp??? You dont usually get a second chance to hit the heart lol. ....obviously I watch Buffy haha.
5.Once in school there was this creepy girl named Noel who was always actin like a vampire ... and this didnt happen to me but it happened to my friend. At a Halloween party shelley and Noel were upstairs talkin or something then Noel like bit her and Shelley got really freaked out and just left the party lol. that is the closest I've come to having an incident with a vamp or a wanna-be lol.
75 TO SLYTH! YAY
1)What are three ways of destroying vampires?

Three ways of destroying a vampire are beheading, exposure to sunlight and removal of internal organs and burning them.

2)Explain why you think that these methods would work.

I don't believe that just by beheading you are going to destroy a vampire I think that after beheading the vampire you need to do something like bury the head and the body in two different graves or something like that.

Exposure to sunlight may be the best option from the list above. It may not kill the vampire at first, but it weakens it which could help others kill a vampire; or after time kill them in a weakened state.

Like I said above with the beheading, I don't think just removing the organs and burning them will help. I believe that the ashes would than need to be buried in seperate locations.


3)Why do you think that vampires have powers that they have? Keep the definition of vampire in mind.

I believe that they have these powers for a combination of reasons. The first being that they are the undead which gives them an advantage over others; but more so the drinking of animal and human blood. I believe that in order for them to continue surviving, they need these powers.

4)Which method of destroying or repelling a vampire is most effective? Why do you think so?

Out of the methods listed, I believe that the Cross and Bible would be the best method. They are undead and so the religious type symbols would be of use.

5)Describe any incident you've had with a vampire. Have you ever seen anyone with vampire-like qualities? Elaborate.

I have been fortunate enough not to have a run in with a vampire nor have I seen anyone with vampire-like qualities.
what house are you in?
good job kid! 75 to ravenclaw
1. Three ways to destroy a vampire are beheading, exposing it to sunlight, or removing his internal organs and burning them.
2. I would imagine the first and last methods would work if you were able to actually perform them. Getting close enough to the vampire to do these tasks would be hard enough in itself, but it seems that without organs or a head, even a vampire might have to concede defeat. The second I am not sure would kill it. A vampire friend of mine just gets a bad headache when the sun comes up, but I'm not sure she would die if fully exposed.
3. I believe that vampires have the powers that they have because it makes them best suited for what they need to live. Namely I am talking about blood. It is easiest to kill someone at night in the dark, so they are nocturnal creatures.
4. I think the most effective way to repell a vampire is sunlight, because it forces them to retreat. However, this isn't something that can be controlled by humans, so if you encounter a vampire at midnight, have an enjoyable next couple of hours trying to avoid death until dawn.
5. My friend is a vampire. She does need to feed and prey sometimes, but unlike some people know, vampires are also very loyal to their friends. She can convert someone into a vampire like herself with a certain bite, but I have yet to have a reason to take her up on that offer.

Liz// Gryffindor
75 TO GRYFFINDOR. good job.
1)What are three ways of destroying vampires? Holy water, stakes, and beheading.
2)Explain why you think that these methods would work. When holy water is cast onto the vampires skin it burns like acid leaving fleshy burns and causing extreme pain. The stakes are typically made of ash or aspen. The stake must penetrate the vampire's heart to destroy it. In medieval times the stake was also used as prevention of vampires. Deceased individual who were thought to have a higher risk of becoming a vampire were staked in their coffins so that the stake would pin them to the ground. Vampires were beheaded, had their hearts staked and then cut out, and the remains of their bodies were burned to ash and buried on consecrated grounds. There's no reason to take a chance.

3)Why do you think that vampires have powers that they have? Keep the definition of vampire in mind. What seems to be universal about vampire myths is their connection with the fear of death and the desire for immortality. The ritual drinking of blood to overcome death has been practiced by many peoples. The Aztecs and other Native Americans, for example, ate the hearts and drank the blood of captives in ritual ceremonies, most likely to satisfy the appetite of their gods and gain for themselves fertility and immortality. Also typical were the rites of Dionysus and Mithras, where the drinking of animal blood was required in the quest for immortality.
4)Which method of destroying or repelling a vampire is most effective? Why do you think so? I believe that staking would probably be more effective for one simple. You are literally staking him through his heart. The very core of the vampire itself. You stop the core, you destroy the body.
5)Describe any incident you've had with a vampire. Have you ever seen anyone with vampire-like qualities? Elaborate. I have never been confronted by an sort of vampire.

yay good job, 75 to slytherin.
1)What are three ways of destroying vampires?

You can destroy a vampire by exposing them to sunlight, staking them through the heart and then removing the head and removing their internal organs and burning them.

2)Explain why you think that these methods would work.

It seems as though vampires are very dependant upon blood and that while they have enormous mental gifts, their bodies are actually quite soft and fragile. Exposing them to the sun could work because of their translucent skin. Because they are "undead" it's possible their skin no longer has melonin to protect them from harsh UV rays, and as a result, their blood heats up underneath their skin and is burned away which causes them to die, or possibly, they heat up so quickly that they spontaneously combust. Vampires are not alive, so the natural processes that allow heat to escape the body are no longer applicable. Without a method for heat to escape as quickly as it builds up, this could cause them to burn up inside.

The stake through the heart complete with beheading is similar in that they need blood to survive and if you destroy that which circulates blood through the body, you incapacitate them. Since it's possible someone could come along and remove the stake, it's neccessary to take the head to keep the vampire from returning or using it's psychic gifts to ensnare another human servant. This reasoning is also behind removing the organs. Specifically the heart and brain. Doing so would remove the organs which drive the vampires cognitive hungers and their means to control others.


3)Why do you think that vampires have powers that they have? Keep the definition of vampire in mind.

Evolution isn't limited to humans. It's possible that given time, vampires developed the proper abilites in order to feed easier. It seems that they need energy just as much as blood itself, so human prey is the most sought after meal. Much like I would rather have a steak than a hamburger. I think they have the powers because they evolved from a more primitive type of undead into something more cognitive. In addtion to that, if they are the spawn of demons, it would make sense that they hunted humans in the manner they do, due to the underlying belief that demons envy mortals their lives of freedom.

4)Which method of destroying or repelling a vampire is most effective? Why do you think so?

Silver nitrate/silver bullets.

Silver is a very malleable substance, and I believe the constant need for blood on the vampires part is indictative of their fast metabolism. When the metabolism in someone/thing is fast, then the body heats up. I believe silver works because the blood of the vampire that they have in them from their human victims is heated to a scorching heat as it's being processed and it actually melts the silver, causing the silver to act in a liquid manner in their veins. Obviously, vampires are meant to process blood only and are very dependant upon their circulatory system for survival. Damaging it with a metal that melts quickly is an effective way to deter them long enough for destruction. Silver nitrate is a liquid and would work just as well when applied into the circulatory system.

5)Describe any incident you've had with a vampire. Have you ever seen anyone with vampire-like qualities? Elaborate.

My grandmother is a vampire. She sucks the life right outta ya' and leaves you in a weakened state so you must comply with her whims. She's also evil. And uhhh...I think I saw her kick a puppy once.

Jax//Ravenclaw
congrats! good job. 75 to ravenclaw. ha youre funny.
hey, i just wanted to congratulate our professor on difficult, thought provoking assignments... most of the other classes, i can look up easily on the lexicon and they are mostly taken word for word, but these questions are taking up a lot more of my time... it just makes me wish that this was all real because i think i would be so good at hogwarts... where as in regular american school i just couldn't find the interest...

Liz// Gryffindor
aww thanks so sweet. i really appreciate it and im glad i could provoke your intellect.
♥, Joy
1)What are three ways of destroying vampires?
Three ways are to expose to sunlight, behead, or take out their internal organs and burn them.

2)Explain why you think that these methods would work.
Vampires are sensitive to light, so if you kept them out long enough, they might just burn. Burn up. :) If you behead them, you might have to do something else with the head so it can't regain it, but it would be decently effective. Taking out their organs kills them (duh) and if you burn them they can't come back because they don't have some important parts of their body.

3)Why do you think that vampires have powers that they have? Keep the definition of vampire in mind.
Possibly they evolved or something from a society of isolated cannabalistic humans, maybe albinos or they were living underground. When they were forced into contact with humans, they might have decided that humans were more tasty than their own kind.

4)Which method of destroying or repelling a vampire is most effective? Why do you think so?
I think that taking out organs and burning them is most effective. Then you have taken away important parts of their body and unless they can find a organ transplant center, they will be immobillized. And dead.

5)Describe any incident you've had with a vampire. Have you ever seen anyone with vampire-like qualities? Elaborate.
There is a creepy girl at my school who I think could be a vampire. She hated going out for recess and was always staring at people... weirdly.

(I think I did rubbish on this.)

Sofi//Slytherin
70 points to slytherin! good job. (took some off cuz its late). thanks.