|Mary Magdalene, in a dramatic 19th-century popular image of penitence painted by Ary Scheffer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The students who did not pray (the majority in every case) typically either ignored the praying students or laughed at them, sometimes elbowing their peers and pointing out a praying student. Many seemed to regard it as silly as I did. As a student, my reactions included a combination of disgust, pity, and humor. As an instructor, I find the behavior silly but common enough that it no longer provokes strong reactions. I marvel at the arrogance that would lead someone to believe that their god would intervene by helping them do better on an exam.