SSH205 FINAL EXAM REVIEW
Q.1. Describe what a 10-on-1 essay structure is and then it works in combination with a
A.1. A 10 on 1 essay structure is a focused analysis of a representative example. A
representative example is a small specific example that is analyzed and use to make an
argument representing a bigger claim. The 10 on 1 essay structure holds the general rule that it
is better to make ten observations about a single representative issue as oppose to repeating
the same point as an "answer" for ten similar examples. In the 10 on 1 essay structure, the
writer develops a series of points about a single representative example. The "1" is the
representative example and the "10" is comprised of both observations and interpretive leaps
that you make about the "1" including not only what the writer notices but what they make of
what they notice.
Q.2. Detail one potential effective strategy for essay introductions and link it to one of our
course readings as an example.
A.2. An introduction's main function is to bring the reader into the subject. The most common
introduction forms a kind of funnel that starts general with a statement or question about the
subject, then calrifies or narrows the subject in one or more sentence. This is followed by a
thesis statement which will assert the central idea of the essay. An effective strategy to creating
an introduction is to create an image. Creating an image in your writing is done by physically
describing the space in order to try and paint a visual picture in the reader's head. Explanation
of colour, space, and senses will create a could picture in the reader's head of the setting, but
not every last detail needs to be described. Birkerts does a very good job of creating an image
in his introduction as he very thoroughly explains the setting of the professors library.
Q.3. Briefly describe and detail how to overcome one of the following “habits of mind”:
banking, generalizing, judging, debate-style argument, either/or thinking, personalizing.
A.3. When we generalize, what we are really saying is "the gist of this is...". Generalizing is not
always a bad habit, but the problem is that it removes the mind much too quickly from the
information that produced the generalization. Often the generalizations that come to mind are
so broad that they tell us nothing, because they are week ideas that are born prematurley. An
example of a generalization would be for someone to say "his stories are very boring" without
any reason to back this up. The best way to overcome generalizations is to train yourself to be
more self conscious as to where your generalizations come from, or in other words press
yourself to trace general impressions to the particulars that caused them. You must choose to
notice more, and to keep noticing. Q.4. Examine the strengths and/or weaknesses of the following thesis statement, then fix it:
Playboy Interview is about how technology is an extension of our bodies”.
A.4. A thesis is a statement that makes an argumentative assertion about a topic, that states
the conclusion you have reached about your topic. The thesis is supposed to provide the
purpose and direction of your paper, and should be focused and specific. An evolving thesis
begins as a working thesis which describes the topic generally, making an observation, followed
by an argument about this observation. As the essay continues, the thesis becomes more
complex and eventually is a final evolved thesis which will take the ideas of the initial thesis and
recreate it into more depth, using a lens or applying ideas. This thesis statement is weak
because it makes an overly broad claim about an interpretation of a reading, and it has not
evolved. "Marshall McLuhan's playboy interview is about how technology is an extension of our
bodies which has..."
Q.5. Explain the 5 Step Analysis and link it into how to write an effective thesis statement
A.5. The five step analysis is a method that will guide a writer into circling, underlining, and drawing
connecting arrow among observations in a reading. The point of the five step analysis is to make the
listing activity more coherent and systematic. The first step is to look for exact repetitions of words
and note how many times they repeat. The second step is to locate repetitions of strands. Step three
is locating binary oppositions. Step 4 is to rank these details in order of importance. Step five is to
take the three ranked most important on the list and write a focused paragraph on why one
repetition or strand is significant. This links to writing an effective thesis statement because an
effective thesis statement should have within it the key terms found in the five step analysis. The five
step analysis also helps your thesis statement to be specific and precise as oppose to being too
broad and general.
Q.6. Identify and describe each storey of the “Three-Storey Thesis” and how it helps to
structure an essay.
A. Effective thesis statements start a bit broader, and as the essay progresses, the thesis
develops to become more complex. The "three storey thesis" refers to the evolved thesis in
which there are three parts or three "storeys". The first story describes the topic generally,
giving the facts and observation, but none of these observations are non-controversial. The
second storey is where an argument is made about the fact, adding controversy. The third
storey relates to the second storey and explains its significance. In the third story the writer
may use a lens or just apply other ideas. An example of a three storey thesis would be "Foran
speaking to an older retribalized audience creates a bianery between traditional and ephemeral
by using the words adult and meaningful in contrast to crude. This represents the trauma of
Foran moving from a traditional system to a new modernized system, ultimately showing the
stress that the change of value systems has on retribalized man."
7. Discuss the difference between “process” and “product” as it relates to university essay writing. A "process" in relation touniversitessay writing, is a term used to describe the steps taken in order to create
a desiredoutcome . These steps include rough drafts, outlines, draft exchanges and much more, these steps
work together in order to create, in hopes, the best outcome oproduct. The product is the final outcome of this
process, such as an essay. Although they hold different meanings, they both need and effect each other. In order to
create a product