POL2107B FINAL EXAM
EXAM WILL BE HELD ON: Monday December 9 (7h00pm – 10h00pm)
Location: DESMARAIS 1120; DMS 1150; DMS
FORMAT OF THE EXAM & A FEW TIPS:
* You have to answer TWO essay questions. You will have some choice.
* Both questions are of EQUAL value.
* You have three hours to write the exam. Some of you may not need that long, but please take advantage
of the time to re-read your answers carefully. Your answers should be as long as you need to develop
your argument and sustain it with appropriate textual evidence.
* I encourage you to take the time to write a rough point-form outline before you begin writing. Your
answers should be coherently organized. Also, please note that you do not need a very long introduction
or a lengthy conclusion. A few sentences will do.
* Make sure that you have a clear thesis statement within the first paragraph of your essay.
* Try to be as specific and concrete as you can in your essay—discuss specific examples, passages and
arguments from the texts. (You don’t need to remember specific page numbers or learn exact quotations
by heart obviously). The main problem students have on their final exams is that their answers are too
general and superficial. Get into the ‘meat’ of the texts as much as possible. Show your reader that you
have read the texts attentively during the term. Draw on different parts of the texts when relevant.
THEMES & QUESTIONS. I will pick all my questions from the following list (some of these may be
rephrased, but the general theme will be similar):
1) Compare Plato and Aristotle on democracy & on the ‘rule of the many’ Would it be correct
to claim that Aristotle is a ‘friend’ of democracy and that Plato is an ‘enemy’ of democracy?
(For Plato, review closely what is said in Book VIII, but also think about the other things Plato has
to say about democracy throughout the Republic. If I were you, I would consider very closely what
Aristotle has to say about the ‘m