I thought we had reached the pinnacle of stupidity with Melibea prostituting herself to feed her father. But no, the real culmination to the course has been reached in another essay which informed me that Juan y Juana of Miguel de Unamuno's short story "Al correr los años" are a typical North American family.
This reminds me of this old joke where a professor asks the class, "Do you have any questions before we proceed to write the final exam?" "Yes," a student says. "What is the name of this course?"
The name of our course was Survey of Spanish Literature. I have no idea what kind of a weird mental perversion could have led anybody to assume that Unamuno's Juan and Juana were North American.