ENGL1201 Final Exam, Fall 2020

Purposes for final exam

  • To evaluate how the concepts connected with rhetorical situation have impacted your reading, writing, and critical thinking.  This reflection will help you articulate your own learning and will constitute your ENGL1201 final exam grade.
  • To help your instructor understand and learn from your perspective on your experiences learning how to read, write, and think in College English I.

Take-home final exam assignment

This semester, we structured our class around the “rhetorical situation,” examining the following concepts:

Rhetor, purpose / exigence / need, audience (intended and actual); contexts and constraints; medium and genre; ethos/pathos/logos, tone, and rhetorical stance.

How has learning these concepts made an impact on your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills both in English and outside of this class? For example, how have these concepts informed the way you make decisions as a writer and interpretations as a reader?  Write a 3-4 page formal academic essay that answers this question using those rhetorical concepts from the above list that were most useful or important to you. Document your claims from the writing you have done this term, which means that you must use past papers as examples in your essay and quote yourself.

How to write and submit the self-assessment

When you read over your writings, take notes on places where you’ve developed as a writer or reader by understanding the rhetorical situation.  This preparatory work should help you answer the question most effectively.  Your essay will be evaluated as an academic essay, that is, on your ability to draw from a complex set of evidence (your writings and writing experiences), your critical reflection on that evidence, the compelling nature of your thesis, and a coherent organization.

You may draw upon the Outcomes Statements for First-Year Writing, a set of statements that express what we expect you to have accomplished by the end of your first-year writing experience.   Also, you might find it useful to examine a sample student self-assessment.

Optional part of final exam

Your instructor may ask you to write in essay about a nonfiction piece during the final exam period.  Await instructions from your instructor.