Sorry this is a bit late, but I’ve posted the questions for your final exam. Scroll down to ‘pages’ and click on ‘Pol 228: Final Exam.’
A coupla’ things:
- There are four questions, but you are to write on ONLY ONE.
- There is no extra credit to writing on more than one question.
- Remember to answer all parts of the question—the quickest way to lose points is to overlook or not respond to some of those parts.
- Feel free to answer the parts of a question in whatever order makes the most sense to you. Again, the important thing is to answer all parts of the question.
- Use examples, when appropriate. Do not assume, however, that I will draw the same lesson from an example as you do; in other words, make sure to EXPLAIN HOW the example works.
- This is an open book exam, so make use of the books. If you’re not sure of what Gutmann & Thompson had to say on a particular issue, look it up.
- Similarly, don’t forget the various chapters in Macedo. Not all chapters will help you in responding to each question, but at least a couple of chapters are clearly related to the concerns raised in each question.
- You do not have to use foot- or endnotes—this is an exam, not a research paper—but do make sure to note from where you’re pulling your information. For example, you might write, ‘As Stanley Fish argues. . .’ or ‘I disagree with William Galston in. . .’. Granting such credit lets me know that you’ve actually read and understand the material—which also helps you to earn points.
- I will not read drafts. This is an exam, after all.
- I will, within reason, answer questions you may have about how to approach these questions. And no, what counts as ‘within reason’ is not open to deliberation.
I’ll also make hard copies of the exam available in class.