"The WHOLE book?"
I do have to mention that last week I asked my students in the "American Political Thought" course here in Erlangen to read all of the Thomas Paine's COMMON SENSE, and be ready to discuss it.
And one of the students actually said, "The WHOLE thing?"
COMMON SENSE is about 40 pages, if you print it in large type with generous borders.
Yes. The WHOLE thing. Lordy.
To be fair, there is clearly a different system here. The professor summarizes, argues, presents. The students read on their own. The idea that reading is required for class is apparently a bit unusual.