Guidelines for why I mean by a “short essay”: Each short essay should be a short

Guidelines for why I mean by a “short essay”:
Each short essay should be a short essay of approximately 500 words, about 2 typewritten double-spaced pages in length. You must write in full sentences and use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Your essay should answer the assigned question, drawing on the relevant reading assignment. It is very important to deal with what the author says about the question, not simply with what you think. (However, you may contrast your own opinion with the author’s, offer a critique of his/her argument, etc. But this requires that you start by setting out the author’s position.)
Extended quotations of the text are inappropriate in an assignment of this length, and even short quotations require your analysis (e.g., you will need to explain what the sentence you have quoted means, how it bears on the question, etc.).
Misrepresenting the words or ideas of others as your own is plagiarism. You will not receive credit for any essays that contain plagiarism.

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