The student shows that they have thought about the course
concepts by presenting them in their own words. The student
uses lots of examples and many of them are not just taken
from lecture, indicating that the student has read all
the texts and paid close attention to them. The student
is able to supply fresh perspectives on the issues and
texts of the course.
A few questions attain the level of "A," but
other questions are weaker.
B = Answers
are basically correct and presented in essentially the
same language used in lecture. Supporting examples are
given, but they are mostly taken from lecture. The range
of examples leads me to believe that the student has
read the texts.
BC = A
few questions attain the level of "B," but
there are some errors and inconsistencies. Neglecting
to mention some important texts where appropriate leads
me to believe that the student did not read everything.
C = Although
the test may possess some redeeming qualities, there
are some major omissions and errors. It is clear that
the student has taken shortcuts, like not reading the
texts in the course.
D = Lack
of evidence from the story, no analytical points from
the class etc.
F = No
exam turned in or not a single sensible answer given.
Exam Taking Tips:
- Do not simply make unsupported statements like: "Andersen
is really Romantic." You should follow up with
concrete reasons why he is a Romantic Author (interest
in in the past, folklore, purity of nature, corruption
of culture..) and give supporting examples from the
text whenever possible.
- An exam is not always the best place to express your
personal likes and dislikes: "I hated this story!" Email
me and tell me you hated it instead. On an exam, remain
- Originality is admired and encouraged. If you are
going to present an analysis that disagrees with the
interpretation in lecture, use this formula: "In
lecture, it was argued that the text was this. I, however,
feel that the text was that for the following reasons..." I
just want to know that you heard and understood what
I said, before you dazzle me with your brilliance.