I have the following shape:
Which is an ellipse which I happened to draw a line inside of. My goal is to be able to join the line with the ellipse so I can make it part of the shape, then I'd like to chop off the top of the ellipse (the part on top of the line).
Any help would be appreciated.
If I understand it in the right way, you can just extend the line past the the boundary of the ellipse, than Object>Path>Divide Onjects Below, then delete the cap.
You can etxend the line by adding something to the W value (or multiply it by something) in the Transform palette/panel.