English 320: Introduction to the
Criteria for evaluating
answers to questions on exams.
There is a more extended version
of these remarks. You may wish to consult it for
explanations in detail.
As to the question you choose to answer:
- Do you insightfully detect the issues it raises?
- Do you address those issues in a forthright way?
- Did you stick to the question as written?
As to the facts of the story that you
- Do you formulate them in a definite and clear way?
- Do you get the facts straight? I.e., are your
representations of them accurate?
- Are the facts you introduce relevant to the issues that
the question you've chosen requires you to
address? (If so, is that relevance clear?)
As to the interpretive inferences you
bring forward in the course of your answer:
- First of all, of course, there have to actually be
some! Are there any?
- Are the interpretive inferences you make relevant
to the question you are addressing? (If so, is
their relevance clear?)
- Do you unify your interpretive inferences - that is,
do you integrate them within some overall focus? And
is what you say coherent?
- Do you proceed by an intelligible (logical and
relevant) organizational strategy?
- Do we consistently see logical and insightful
For explanation in detail, consult the extended
version of these remarks.
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