There are TWO parts to this exam: a policy essay, and a rhetorical analysis of an essay.
Exams may be submitted anytime between December 14 @ 9:00 am and December 16 @ 11:59 pm. Once you start the exam, you have three hours to complete it. Exams submitted after December 16 will not be accepted. All submissions are final. Unlike the mid-term exam, this exam does not require you to copy and paste your answers into boxes. Please submit/attach your exam as one Word document or PDF just as you did for the Personal Essay. Click on “Final Exam” to do so.
Part 1: Policy Essay (50 Marks)
Instructions: Write a policy essay of approximately 750 words on one of the 20 topics listed below. You may want to modify your claim to make it as clear and precise as possible. If you have already written an essay on any of the following topics for this class, you must choose a different topic or that portion of your exam will not be accepted. The best essays will be engaging, clearly-expressed, and persuasive.
The expectation is that you will research the topic you choose to write about and that you will incorporate that research – i.e. facts, statistics, expert opinions – into your essay.
While all direct (word-for-word) quotations should be surrounded with quotation marks, you are not required to provide in-text parenthetical citations, nor are you required to include a Works Cited list.
To illustrate, here’s a sample sentence from a previous final exam on the topic of blood donation practices in Canada:
According to Canadian Blood Services, “Half of all Canadians will either need blood or know someone who will need blood at some point in their lives. Yet only four percent of Canadians donate.”
The essay should take the same form as the take home policy essay.
Engage Aim to put a ‘face’ on the issue your claim addresses.
Inform Indicate the context, scope and gravity of the issue.
Frame Define key terms and current policy if necessary.
Claim Express a clear, concise policy claim in the last sentence.
Acknowledge Acknowledge an opposing view expressed by an authority.
Concede Concede the merit (s) of that view.
Persuade Provide a counter argument expressed by an authority.
Elaborate Provide additional support for that counter argument.
Motivate Indicate what is at stake in taking or not taking action on this issue.
Express a clear call to action. Motivate and enable readers to act on that call to action.
Policy Essay Topic Choices
Part 2: Rhetorical Analysis (50 Marks)
Instructions: Respond to each of the following questions about “The Hunger Game” (below) in complete sentences. Point-form answers will not be accepted. The length and complexity of your answer to each question should reflect the degree to which the rhetorical strategy being addressed is relevant to the text you are analyzing. The best answers will be well-organized, clearly-expressed, concise, and supported with specific evidence from the essay. These are the same questions that were on the mid-term (minus the question about how effectively the writer uses rhetorical strategies). Please see pages 35-36 of the course pack for a guide to answering these questions.
The Hunger Game by Nick Saul
This essay was originally published in the March 12, 2013 edition of Walrus magazine. Saul co-authored the book The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement (2013). He also served as Executive Director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto from 1998 to 2012 and is currently CEO of Community Food Centres Canada.
The towers of cans and boxes, the forklifts, and the volunteers in this warehouse and others demonstrate the compassion we feel for one another, and the desire among Canadians to tackle hunger. But it is time to have a frank conversation about the limitations of this approach and start harnessing that caring and the engagement with food issues into a new political force. We need to ask ourselves and our elected representatives how we can make real, lasting change, and ensure that everyon
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