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Midterm Essay Exam
Select only one (1) of the following essay topics to complete: Question #1 or Question #2.
Your essay should not be less than 500 words. However, there is no maximum word count. However, your essay must be at least 500 words for full points. Please give word count at the end of the essay. Be sure to include at least 3 citations and a Works Cited page. Use MLA documentation, in-text citations and a Works Cited page.
Please use the format for/from Redshelf from the example(s) given under Works Cited Anthology posted under Content. Do not cite the required readings from the internet, but from the textbook.
Note: Your essay and works cited page entries must only come from the following articles from chapter 9 of Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum.
Question #1: “The Milgrim Experiment” by McLeod
Question #2: “The Power of Situations” by Ross and Nisbett
There are no outside sources for this essay. Using outside sources will result in loss of points. Remember, this essay is over explanatory synthesis of the required materials.
Stay away from using first person pronouns (I, my). Stay away from second person pronouns (you) too. Instead, you will want to express your essay without saying phrases like:
“In my opinion”
“I think”
“I feel”
“When thinking about this topic, I”
Question #1:
Use information from “The Milgram Experiment” (252-258) in an explanatory synthesis.
The Milgram experiment has been conducted many times, and researchers have come to certain conclusions about why “ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process.” Using this statement as a principle, discuss what came from these studies and suggest examples in our world today, close at home or far away, that suggest these conclusions are valid.
Use at least 3 citations and include a Works Cited page that you should format following the model in your handbook on page 184, #29, “one selection from an anthology or collection”. You will have only one Works Cited entry. Essay should be at least 500 words.
Question #2:
Ross and Nisbett suggest that the “situational variable” may be the key predictor in how the person will behave in a given scenario. In a well-developed argument that draws on “The Power of Situations,” agree or disagree with Ross and Nisbett as you make the case that the key predictor of people’s behavior is either individual conscience, peer pressure, or situation.
Head your paper appropriately. You will need at least 3 citations and a Works Cited page. You will have only one Works Cited entry. Follow #29 on page 184 in A Writer’s Reference. Length should be approximately 500 words.
Give word count at the end of the essay. The word count does not include the works cited page. It is mandatory that you give the word count.
After finishing the Midterm Essay Exam, please complete the Midterm Survey. Then, continue on to Module 4.