Tempted to reference Mapplethorpe in more than one spot?
This exam must be submitted no later than 6:00 pm Thursday, February 3.
It may be submitted anytime before that, at your convenience.
The exam is 20% of the course grade.
The estimated time for writing answers and proofreading them, excluding research and drafting, is 80 minutes.
It may be taken at any time, and there is no time limit, which means you should be able to go in and out of this quiz tool.
The exam format is short answer: responses should be 200-500. 350 is a good target number.
Answers exceeding 500 words will incur a 10 point penalty.
Any answer that replicates information or interpretations from an earlier answer will see deductions between 5-20 points at the discretion of the grader (and dependent upon the degree of repetition).
Example of avoiding repetition: Tempted to reference Mapplethorpe in more than one spot?
Maybe find an alternative example for one of the questions. Remember, there is no single correct answer to any of these prompts; so, multiple paths to quality answers can be found.
If you do reference the same artist in more than one response, make sure you have something new and different to say about that person the second time around.
The exam comprises four questions, and you must answer all four (25 points each = 100 points possible).
The Midterm is open book and open note; however, you may neither solicit help from anyone else nor offer help to anyone else.
Anyone requiring clarification about instructions, wording of questions, or who just gets stuck should use the Ask a Question discussion Forum or e-mail Professor Master or the Teaching Assistants.
Citations are always expected in formal academic writing.
What Not to Cite: Generic information such as an author’s birth year or home country; or when a President was elected. If it’s objective information that can be easily verified, it doesn’t require a citation.
What to Cite: Subjective statements, such as opinions, conclusions, and unique explanations; also attributions of importance, significance, or influence; also, interpretations of events, art, literature, etcetera.
Exact quotes. You all knew this one already, right?
Statements that offer unique interpretations. These usually make the best quotes anyway, as you’d not want to quote something that an author writes just to provide generic background interpretations. These statements may explain a “Why?” or “So what” type of issue.
Paraphrases: Even when paraphrasing instead of quoting directly, if the ideas paraphrased are subjective statements, they still need a citation.
How to Cite: footnotes or parenthetical citations
Footnotes: are a more detailed, more complete form of citation preferred by historians and lawyers. We won’t deduct for bad format, but you might use the footnotes at the end of the .pdfs as a model. They appear at the bottom of the work cited. A proper citation indicates FirstName LastName, Title of Book (Publisher, Year), page number. Since you are only using materials assigned in class, you can omit publication data and full book titles and use the titles of the .pdfs from the syllabus/Canvas. Example: David Trend, “Faith,” 87. Either way, a second citation of the same source is simpler, Trend, 87.
Parenthetical citations: are quicker and less detailed, often preferred in the social sciences and by literary critics. The parenthetical citation appears in the text, immediately after the section that needs citation. It usually is just the author’s last name and the relevant page. Example: “blah, blah, blah. Quote ends].” (Hartman, 61).
For any author with more than one assigned essay, also include the title of that piece: (Trend, “Faith”, 87).
If you mention a piece of art, you should include a reference for the artist’s name and the year of the piece, unless that is already made clear in context.
Example: this sentence requires no additional citation. Michelangelo’s statute of David, which he finished in 1504, is arguably the most famous statue in the world.
Example: but this sentence does. Michelangelo sculpted the most famous statue in the world. (“David,” 1504)
Example: And this one requires even more. Visit Florence to see the world’s most famous statue. (Michelangelo, “David,” 1504).
No Bibliography/List of References is required for this exam as the citations will suffice.
We will not penalize points for an improperly formatted citation, as long as it appears to be a good faith effort. Three points will be deducted for every instance of a citation omitted where one was needed. Again, citations are expected in formal academic writing.
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