I talked to him. It was one massive, semester-long misunderstanding that was caused by me not reading the syllabus and my teacher barely saying a word about it since he expected college students to know where the assignments were written. Problem was, it was my first college class aside from various dual-enrollment things during high school in which all "home"work was done in class.
I still have to do the homework, which is mostly essays, but that's okay. I love writing essays.