The Wildcard (WC) is a non-required, curious adventure of your choosing. Early in the semester, this section might be an extension of one (or possibly two) of the 10 exercises. So, for instance, you might find yourself immersed in a word study and/or adaptation study, and you may wish to go well beyond the “page of notes” requirement. At other times, you may wish to pursue a different line of inquiry that is unrelated to the exercises. You may earn from 1 to 4 bonus points for the WC.

The WC is a key component of this assignment. You can do well on the RNB in terms of your final grade, but to excel — to earn an “A” — you have to follow your intellectual curiosity beyond the basic requirements of the assignment.