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ENG 1100 Study Guide - Final Guide: Thesis Statement

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Course Code
ENG 1100
Jeanie Warnock
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Final Exam (30% of the final mark)
You may use all course notes, the reader, and the handbook. You are also strongly
encouraged to bring along a dictionary. You will be expected to properly cite and
document your material on the exam.
Part I (35%)
Goal: To demonstrate critical reading, critical thinking, paraphrasing, synthesizing, and
summarizing skills.
Instructions: Read the essay that accompanies the exam and answer the following
questions in complete sentences.
Questions will ask you to:
*Identify and articulate (in your own words) the argument/main idea of the essay, its
implied thesis (if any), and its overall purpose.
*summarize (in your own words) the main points of the argument.
Questions will also ask you to do some or all of the following:
*respond to the essay’s argument;
*identify and discuss a thread, binary or organizing contrast;
*consider the essay’s appeals to logic, emotion, and ethics;
*evaluate the essay’s argument in terms of its use of evidence, its logic (eg. identify
logical fallacies); and its biases and unstated assumptions or warrants;
*assess the credibility of the essay as a source;
*evaluate the essay’s style and rhetorical devices—especially tone but also introductory
and concluding devices, description and structureand discuss how these devices help
advance the essay’s purpose and influence the reader’s response to the material
Comments: 1. You should respond in your own words wherever possible. If paraphrase
of some key words or concepts is impossible, all direct quotations must be extremely
short and properly cited.
2. Students should try to avoid getting side-tracked by too many small details and make
sure that each main point they set out supports what they have identified as the essay’s
3. More is NOT better for a summary. The more concisely and precisely you can
summarize, the better (most probably) your mark will be. If you included too much
detail, you are not summarizing properly and it will looks as though you are uncertain
what the main points are.
4. Students should focus on being as specific and detailed as possible. For example, if
asked to characterize the tone, don’t just put in a few adjectives. Provide specific words
or images from the text and explain how they make the tone ironic, humorous, serious,
neutral, formal etc.
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