f2015 Understanding Global Cultures Midterm Exam will be in class, Week 7 Day 13, Tuesday, 13 October 2015
REM: Bring your Laptop
Moodle Exams (and everything else on Moodle) works best with a Firefox
If you do not have a Firefox browser on your laptop, download one (it's free).
The Midsemester exams will be four (4) open-book
essay exams selected by Moodle at random from a list of questions, most of which will be condtributed by members of the class
Essay exams usually provide a better learning experience
and, in addition, afford practice in writing
This is an open-book / open-notes exam
You may bring and use your texts,
dictionary, thesaurus, a writing handbook, class handouts,
notes, outlines, drafts, and memos
You may also use references and
materials from your other classes, with the caveat, of
course, that you properly cite any sources you use
Bring your laptop
REM: Be sure to have your batteries charged
How long should your answers be?
Answer: About the same length as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
The question of length is a good one. It's also a difficult one to answer as it depends on the question itself, your style of writing, the detail which you give to your examples, and—since this is an open-book exam where you basically could prepare questions in advance and then cut and paste from other sources (with proper credit given to those sources)—a good answer can vary quite a bit in length.
At a minimum you should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (sometimes also known as introduction, body, conclusion).
You should also be sure to answer the question(s) asked, and if there are two, three or more parts to a question, be sure to answer all of them.
Be sure to give examples when you make a statement.
I think it is a good thing to have a look at the OWL's advice before every exam:
To use their recommendations, a well focused, well organized, well supported, well packaged essay answer could be done (for most of the questions) in the equivalent of about a page and a half to two "normal" pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins, #11 or #12 font)—which is about 375-500 words.
How long was the Gettysburg Address?
263 or 268 or 270 words depending on which printed version you check
A standard "letter size" 8-1/2 X 11 sheet of paper has about 255 words, with a size 12 font
So your answer should be about one page long, two if you use the Owl's recommendations
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