This mid-term is due back by email by next Sunday evening, October 27th, at midnight.
The papers will be graded according to the following rubric:

---Text, Readings and Classroom Discussion--how well the text and readings are represented in your essays, including your ability to contextualize your discussion by appropriate quotations and references from the required readings. 

Please reference all quotations and paraphrases parenthetically, with the author's name, a colon, and the page number, e.g., (author: p. 45).  Possible pts: 5

--Analysis and Insight- your ability to demonstrate the importance and relevance of the material, and how the readings relate one to another. Possible pts: 2

--Clarity--Possible pts: 1
--Possible pts: 1
--Style, Spelling and Grammer--Possible pts: 1
Total Possible Points: 10

Text, Readings and Discussion  5/
Analysis and Insight 2/
Clarity 1/
Organization 1/
Style, Spelling and Grammar 1/
TOTAL: 10/

At this point in the semester, in reading The Hobbit and LOTR, we have already been introduced to a number of the political themes that run through Tolkien's work. They include:

--the role of women
--the nature of evil
--the political importance of friendship
--international alliances
--control and domination
--human nature

Choose 5 of these themes, either from the list above or other themes you might supply yourself, and weave these themes together into one  well organized  essay. Although it is hard to specify a page length for an essay like this---the best advice is "as long as it takes"--I would recommend at least 6 to 7 double spaced pages.

Also: Just want to let you know that I realized it is best that we don't meet next Monday because many of you are going to be busy with your midterm and thus will have trouble preparing for the class at the same time.

Just turn the midterm in electronically as directed and be prepared to catch up with the discussion the following week.

© Hank Edmondson 2012