Written Assignments

The Assignment

   Write an essay from the following question that answers the question as knowledgeably, intelligently, and creatively as you can manage. There is no time limit because no time limit can be enforced (there is no page limit either); however, you should keep in mind that the average final requires ten to twelve hours of study along with the two hours required to write the final. If you go over this twelve to fourteen hour limit, you are probably spending too much time on this final in comparison with your other coursework; if you spend significantly less than twelve hours on this exam you are either a genius on a good day or you are under-working the essay in a serious way. Since this is a take-home exam, you will have to work overtime in a superhuman way to fail (thatšs the nice thing about a take-home); at the same time, the final will be graded using higher standards than a regular sit-down final. Whereas a regular final requires that you show off your memorized knowledge and your thinking, a take-home final doesnšt really tell me what you know by heart, so the stress will be on thinking. Since an A will be hard to get, here are a few principles for writing an excellent exam: