WORLD LITERATURE I (ENG251)
Diane Thompson, NVCC, ELI
Bring the following to the Testing Center of your choice:
You will write this exam in the Testing Center using the Blackboard Exam System. There is no time limit, so be sure that you enter the Testing Center early enough to allow yourself as much time as you think you may need. Allow about two hours. Be sure to edit your writing before submitting it to the Blackboard Exam Box. You may use a dictionary.
After you have completed the exam and submitted it to Blackboard, I will retrieve and read it. I will email your exam grade with my comments to your college email account. Allow several days for turnaround. You will not receive the exam back, nor will you be able to get back any papers you bring to the exam. I will keep your exam on file for one year.
This exam will ask you to write an essay comparing and contrasting some aspect of Gilgamesh and one story from the Hebrew Bible that interests you. You may select a question from the list of the Activities questions comparing Gilgamesh and the Hebrew Bible, or you may make up your own question. You may use background material from your Activities on Gilgamesh and the Hebrew Bible in this essay. This material can include notes and outlines, but not the completed Activities.
Possible topics might include:
Remember--your essay should have a point; it should be able to answer a reader's question: SO WHAT?
Here is a link to a site "How to write a literary comparison" by Dr. A. Taormina. You may find it helpful when you prepare for your exam.
Contact me at Diane Thompson to discuss your plans for this exam before you take it; I can be helpful.
Plan to write about an hour; you may have longer if your wish. You should develop an essay of not less than five hundred words; it may be longer if you need to say more about your topic. You may bring notes and articles to the testing center; the notes and articles will be stapled to your test and returned to me. You may also bring your textbook and course guide to the testing center. You may not bring a draft of the essay, or completed Activities. Be sure to support any statements you make with examples from the texts themselves. The purpose of this exam is to encourage you to demonstrate your own understanding and thinking about what you have read; there is no simple, single answer to any of these questions.
Exam 1 is worth up to 100 points.
I grade holistically, so I cannot assign specific points to specific elements of the essay. However, these are the criteria I consider when grading essays:
(c) Diane Thompson :11/14/1998; updated: 07/06/2011