work well without carefully tailoring W r i t i n g

work well without carefully tailoring W r i t i n g


Only readings listed on the syllabus by these authors are eligible for the exam: Rilke”s “Archaic Torso of Apollo,” “The Panther,” “The Swan,” and “Spanish Dancer;” Neruda’s “Tonight I Can Write” and “I’m Explaining a Few Things;” Achebe’s “Chike’s School Days;” Mahfouz’s “Zaabalawi;” El Saadawi’s “In Camera,” Al-Shaykh’s “The Women’s Swimming Pool,” Yan’s “The Old Gun,” Theip’s “The General Retires,”.Tagore’s “Punishment” and “Kabuliwala;” She’s “An Old and Established Name;” Borges’ “The Garden of Forking Paths;” Yeats’ “When You Are Old,” “Easter 1916” and “The Second Coming;” While you
have your choice of texts from the last three weeks of the course to use in this exam, at least
ONE text you discuss has to come from the Week #9 readings (Allende, Pamuk, or Adichie).
In the final few weeks of the course, authors reflect on many ideas, but one thread that runs
through most of the texts is a focus on history. Sometimes the focus is on family history, or
sometimes the focus in on specific cultural history or the history of humanity. In your exam,
use at least three specific examples from assigned texts in the final three weeks of the course to
show how we see a discussion of history (family history, cultural history, the history of
humanity, or whatever other historical focus that you notice). Where specifically do we see
history referred to or portrayed in the text? What does the author seem to be saying about
history in that context? What can we learn about history, of ourselves or of others, through
these examples?

Length and Content Requirements

Your essay response must be a minimum of 750 words (there is no maximum but try to avoid
writing a book).
While you may use some of an author’s biography to make your point, keep in mind that your
discussion should include a discussion of the texts we have read in class and not rely solely on
biographical information.
This should be entirely your own argument, and you are not allowed to use any secondary
material in this exam (your textbook or the version of the assigned text you are using is your
only source).
As much as these are your own arguments, you should minimize your use of “I” unless
absolutely necessary.
I would also argue against cutting and pasting information from your discussion posts and using
that as the core content for your essays. If you choose to do so and heavily revise that content,
it can work, but some students have used it as a shortcut method for completing the exam in
the past, and it tends not to work well without carefully tailoring that information to the
specific question posed below.


Your exam must be in conventional essay format (contain an introduction, body paragraphs,
and a conclusion).
Any paraphrases or direct quotations of material from the texts you are using must be properly
punctuated (clear use of quotation marks for direct quotations, for example) and must contain
a parenthetical citation (in MLA or APA format) noting the page number of the material. There
is no need for a works cited page if you’re using the assigned textbook, but if you’re using any
other version of the assigned texts, you must provide a works cited page, noting full
bibliographical information for your source material, with the submitted exam.
Submission and Due Date
I prefer that your exams are attached as files to the “Exam #3” location in “Assignments” in the
Canvas menu (also located in the Week #9 module). Uploading a file is a better idea all around,
as I will be looking at your paragraphing and other formatting, and a file upload preserves that
better so that I can see exactly what you intended. However, I have left a cut and paste option
in case anyone has file compatibility issues. The papers will go through a review
once uploaded—I’d like to work under the premise that students always do their own work, but
I often average a 5-10% plagiarism rate in these online courses that tells me that is,
unfortunately, not always the case. Turnitin just helps me streamline the plagiarism checking.
**Just to be safe, if you are using Apple’s Pages to type your paper, convert it to a .pdf or .rtf
file while saving it to make sure I have the ability to open it once it is uploaded.**
Your exam is worth 25 points and is due no later than noon (Central Time) on Saturday,

Grading Criteria

Your submission will be graded based on the proper use of essay format (clear paragraphs, a
clear introduction, a thesis statement, etc.), the clarity of your writing (including proper use of
spelling, punctuation, and grammar), proper punctuation/citation of any source material, the
strength of your argument, and your ability to use examples from the assigned texts to strongly
support your argument.
Rough Draft Review
You may take advantage of writing assistance via NetTutor (there is a link via our course menu)
to help you with composing, organizing, and polishing your work (although keep in mind that
they do not provide instant feedback, so you need to submit a draft at least two to three days
before the due date). I am also happy to review rough drafts as long as they are emailed to me
no later than 72 hours before the due date and time (no later than noon on Wednesday,
October 7th—and they need to be a .doc, .pdf, .rtf, or other file type I can open). I will not
proofread for you, but I will review the draft to tell you what kind of errors you are making (and
how to fix those errors) and also highlight places in the text that might be confusing or that
need more development. Also, my review of any exam draft is no guarantee of an “A” grade—I
can provide guidance and feedback, but I do not know what that will look like after you’ve
made the changes and cannot guarantee you’ll have everything perfectly corrected in your final