Engage meaningfully with authors’ arguments, providing reasons defending your assessment of an author’s position or of whose position is stronger on some issue.

Assignment Question

You will have the full 96 hours (Thursday, December 14 – Sunday, December 17) to complete TWO essay questions. This gives you flexibility to work on your essays when it is most convenient for you. Even if you submit the essays, you can change them and resubmit them up until the deadline. The exam is open book and open notes. We therefore expect thorough answers on the essay questions. Keep in mind that you need to put everything in your own words. That is how we know that you actually understand the material. You cannot just copy the slides or the articles. (That would be plagiarism.) If there really is no other way to make your point, and you absolutely need to quote the slides, lectures, or readings, you must use quotation marks around the quote and give an in-text citation including the author’s name and page number if there is one. Get right to the point in answering essay questions. For example, you do not need to have an introductory paragraph or a concluding paragraph. Just answer each part of the question. You should expect to have roughly 3-4 paragraphs, but it is okay if you have a bit more. The number of paragraphs does not matter. Your goal should be to answer the question completely without including irrelevant information. Note that you are expected to do some original thinking by analyzing an author’s position or by explaining which author’s position you think is stronger on some issue. This requires a substantial response. You must engage meaningfully with authors’ arguments, providing reasons defending your assessment of an author’s position or of whose position is stronger on some issue. To do this well, you need more than a sentence or two. It will take a full paragraph.

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