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Blinn College • Schulenburg Campus • Humanities • English - ENGL

Srvy Amer Lit II ENGL-2328

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_V01 CRN-11498
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/21/2013

Meeting Times

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:50 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Contact Information

Professor: Audrey A. Wick


Office Hours

  • Mon/Wed 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Tues/Thurs 10:15-11:45 a.m.
  • and other times by appointment

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A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present.  Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts.  Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.


Prerequisites:English 1301 (Comp I) and 1302 (Comp II) or approval of the Division Chair.

Corequisites: None

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


Students who succeed in this course will:

1. Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.

2. Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions.

4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.

5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature.


Required, all campuses:

Baym, Nina, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 7th ed. Vols. C, D, & E. New York: Norton, 2007.


Fowler, H. Ramsey, and Jane E. Aaron. The Little, Brown Handbook. 11th ed. New York: Longman, 2010.

Course Requirements

Attendance/Participation 10%

Students will be held responsible for regular classroom attendance, and active, meaningful attendance will directly increase a student’s overall course grade.  For each class period a student misses, two percentage points will be deducted from this area.  

Three exams (one over each literary genre) 30%

The instructor will give three major exams addressing each of the three representative periods and authors to test understanding and retention of material taught.  Exam format will be discussed in class. 

Two major essays (MLA documented, 750 words minimum) 30%

The instructor will assign two major essays addressing two of the three representative periods to test interpretation, analysis, and application of material taught. 

Movie Project (cooperative work in small groups) 20%

Students will complete a group project presentation of an American author not covered during this survey course to be shared with the class.  Full directions provided in class.    

In-class Final Exam 10%

This exam will be given to determine whether or not the student has sufficient knowledge of the skills needed to advance to the next level of college-credit English.  Comprehensive essay portion will be a min. of 750 words, and the Course Inventory (multiple-choice) portion will count as 10% of this overall grade.



A             90-100%               Excellent

B             80-89%                 Good

C             70-79%                 Average

D             60-69%                 Poor

F              Below 60%          Failure

I               Incomplete

Q             Dropped

QF          Dropped Failing

W            Dropped For Good Cause or Withdrew from College

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Adding / Dropping Courses.

Adding: No courses may be added later than the official calendar add date.  A student adding the course must make up the work missed within two weeks after a course is added.

Dropping: Students may drop, or withdraw from, courses by notifying Admissions and Records in person or in writing.  The official drop date for a regular semester is the Friday of the 12th week of that semester.  A student who drops on or before the official drop date may receive a grade of W or Q.  A student who drops after the official drop date will receive a grade of QF.  If the student’s work was passing at the time of withdrawal, he or she may petition the instructor to file a grade change from QF to Q.  Students may not drop or be dropped from classes once the final examination period begins.

 Incomplete Grade.  A grade of “I” may be given only in emergencies, such as the serious illness of the student or a close family member.  This grade is not for students who fall behind in their work.  To receive a grade of incomplete the student must have satisfactorily completed all but one or two of the final requirements of the course.  The instructor and student must agree on this grade before it can be assigned, then a course completion contract must be signed by student, instructor, and division chair.  All work must be made up within 90 days of signing the course completion contract, or zeroes will be assigned for the uncompleted work. 

 Textbook:  The assigned textbooks are essential for your learning, especially in classes focusing on the study of the written word.  You must provide yourself with the books from the very beginning of the semester.  You are required to bring the textbook with you every day unless otherwise notified.  You may not share the textbook during class or use photocopied pages instead of the book 

 Student e-mail accounts:  Every Blinn College student is assigned an email account to facilitate official College correspondence.  Students need to check their Blinn accounts regularly for important communications, including excessive absence reports and emergency announcements.

No food or drink, pets, or small children allowed in Blinn College classrooms

Course Policies

Humanities Division Policies

Grading Standards for Papers and In-Class Essays

Note: To receive a grade of A-C, the paper must meet all requirements of the assignment. All research material of a paper must be correctly documented, and formatting must adhere to instructor requirements and current standards of the Modern Language Association. 

The A paper (90-100) represents original, outstanding work. It shows consistently careful thought, fresh insights, sophisticated analysis, and stylistic maturity.

  • The reader moves through the A paper effortlessly because of its effective transitions, strong organization, and thorough, purposeful development. 
  • The thesis of an A paper is a complete, well-formulated sentence appearing early in the paper. It clearly states the controlling idea of the paper and projects the organization of supporting ideas to follow.
  • An A paper is not marred by distracting mechanical errors such as fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb agreement problems, and incorrect or missing punctuation. It is meticulously proofread.
  • Directly quoted passages are gracefully integrated into the text with appropriate attribution.
  • Word choice is marked by precision and a varied, advanced vocabulary. It is free of jargon, clichés, and other empty language.

The B paper (80-89) represents clearly good, above average college level work. It demonstrates insight, analysis, and a varied vocabulary.    

  • Its specific points are logically ordered, with appropriate transitions; ideas are well developed and supported with evidence.
  • The thesis of a B paper is a complete sentence, appearing early in the paper, which states the essay’s controlling idea.  
  • It is mostly free of distracting mechanical errors such as subject-verb agreement problems, inadequate proofreading, or incorrect or missing punctuation. Serious syntactical errors, such as fragments and run-ons, do not appear in the B paper.
  • Directly quoted passages are smoothly integrated into the text with appropriate attribution.
  • In summary, the language of the B paper is clear, correct, and often thoughtful, but it lacks the candor and precision of the most memorable writing. 

The C paper (70-79) represents average college-level work. It is a competent expression of ordinary thoughts in ordinary language and exhibits a writing style that is basically correct.

  • The C paper has an organizational pattern, with body paragraphs containing information that is relevant to the assignment.  However, it often lacks varied transitions, clear topic sentences, and other information needed to guide the reader.
  • It has a thesis, but it usually lacks specificity in language and focus.  It may be insubstantial, vague, or simply too broad or general.
  • Analysis is superficial or inconsistently provided.
  • A paper earning a C has relatively few syntactic, usage, and mechanical errors such as fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb agreement problems, inadequate proofreading, or incorrect or missing punctuation.
  • Directly quoted passages are integrated into the text with attribution.
  • In summary, the language of the C paper is characterized by generalities rather than precise, illustrative details.

The D paper (60-69) represents below average college work. It often demonstrates one or more of the following characteristics:

  • it has only skeletal development and organization;
  • the thesis is often unclear and/or non-existent;
  • it has frequent mechanical errors which are distracting and interfere with the readability of the document, including fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb agreement problems, incorrect or missing punctuation, and a failure to proofread;
  • sentence structure is awkward, non-standard, and ambiguous.

Note: A paper exhibiting major weaknesses in any specific area—content,  development, organization, grammar and mechanics, documentation conventions, writing style—or, indeed, a failure to address the assignment is usually considered, at best, a D paper.

The F paper (59 and below) is characterized by writing that falls below minimal standards for college-level literacy. It often demonstrates one or more of the following characteristics:

  • little or no organization;
  • an unclear or missing thesis;
  • lack of thought and purpose;
  • numerous and pervasive mechanical errors which are distracting and interfere with the readability of the document, including fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb agreement, incorrect or missing punctuation, and a failure to proofread;
  • a garbled or immature style.

Note: Sometimes inadequacy in one area is enough to fail a paper—the writer, for instance, may not have control of punctuation, producing fragments or comma splices in almost every paragraph. However, serious weaknesses usually occur in several areas of concern.

The No-Credit Paper (0) demonstrates one or more of the following serious errors

  • plagiarized content in any form, including the failure to acknowledge the source of any borrowed material (summarized, paraphrased, and directly quoted) and unmarked exact wording (directly quoted from either a primary or a secondary source), whether a specific well-chosen word, a phrase (two or more words), a clause, or full sentence(s);
  • failure to address the assigned topic;
  • failure to meet the requirements of the assignment;
  • failure to follow directions.

 Late work is not accepted!


Electronic Submission of Work: All major written work will be submitted (in its final form) to Turnitin dropboxes in eCampus, a service utilized by Blinn College.  Full instructions for usage will be provided in class. 

This system serves as a method of plagiarism control while also allowing the creation of an electronic portfolio.  Graded essays will be returned via this system using a service called GradeMark.  To view comments/grade:

  1. Reaccess the essay dropbox.
  2. Click on the blue hyperlinked grade next to the submitted assignment.
  3. View the marks and comments in the new window, which will appear automatically.

Scroll through not only textual marks but also general comments; printing or saving this file is advisable.

Please note: Pleading a case of "computer malfunction" is the dog-ate-my-homework excuse of the 21st century, and such an excuse will not be accepted. Access to reliable technology and avoiding procrastination are a student's responsibility. Please note also that failure to appropriately submit an assignment to the Turnitin dropbox is not an excuse the instructor will accept. (To ensure a successful file submission, students should always check their digita portfolio by re-accessing [refreshing] the dropbox page and ensuring a Turnitin digital receipt.)


Departmental Reminder for Submission of New Work: Students who have been enrolled in English 2328 (online, in a classroom, or otherwise) in a previous semester should remember that the work they submit this semester must be new.  This means, for instance, that students cannot submit papers (or any other assignments) that were initially written in a previous semester.  Students need to treat this semester as a fresh start--because recycled work from previous semesters will not be accepted.  Likewise, if students have friends and/or family members who have previously taken this class, then students should remember that papers (or other assignments) from these friends and/or family members cannot be submitted in place of students' own work.  The work that each student submits this semester must be originalAny student who submits recycled and/or copied work this semester will be subject to the Blinn College policies governing scholastic dishonesty.


Manuscript Form: All papers must exhibit an understanding of MLA format.  Remember: English 2328 is not a course in creative writing.  Adherence to guidelines and directions in writing is imperative.


Print Management System: Each student is automatically given a print system account at the start of the semester along with 15 credits (i.e. $15.00). The credits can be utilized in the library and lab settings for any print jobs. Credits are not refundable nor does the balance roll over to the next semester.


E-mail Policy: While e-mail is an acceptable form of student-instructor contact, note that e-mail does not take the place of face-to-face contact.  Therefore, e-mail shall not be used as a substitute for one-on-one conferencing.  Any e-mail should be properly addressed, appropriately composed, and free of grammatical/mechanical errors.  E-mail containing errors that hinder readability will be returned to the student, unanswered.


English 2328.V01 (tentative) Daily Plan

LBH = The Little, Brown Handbook
bio. = abbreviation for “biography”
HW = abbreviation for “homework,” which is listed for completion by the next class day

8-27 Class: Introductions and Course Inventory (Pre-test).  Lecture: Why read literature?
 HW: Access/read Course Syllabus:
  Read LBH Ch. 6 intro. “Developing Academic Skills” and 6a-6d, p. 128-36.
  Read “American Literature: 1865-1914” p. 1-16 and “Realism and Naturalism” p. 911-12.”
  Read Whitman’s bio. p. 17-21,
“Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” p. 25-30, and
“Song of Myself” [lines 1-130] p. 30-34.
   Read Dickinson’s bio. p. 74-78 and any 5 of her poems.
8-29 Class: Lecture: Transcendentalism, Post Civil War America, and Realism.  Discuss the literary canon
with Whitman and Dickinson.
HW:  Read Twain’s bio. p. 100-04,
“Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences” p. 294-302, and
“The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” p. 104-08.
 Read LBH Ch. 37 intro. and 37a “Revising Nonstandard Dialect” p. 503-04.
Read Harris’ bio. p. 512-14, “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story” p. 514-15, and “How Mr. Rabbit
Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox” p. 515-16.  

9-3 Class: Lecture: A writer’s process, Local color, and dialect activities.  Discuss Twain and Harris. 
HW:  Read Bierce’s bio. p. 359-60 and “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” p. 360-66.
 Read “Corridos” p. 1132 and “El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez” p. 1133
9-5 Class: Discuss Corridos, Bierce, and view short story video adaptation.
HW: Read Chopin’s bio. p. 529-31, “At the ‘Cadian Ball” (supplement), and “The Storm” p. 531-34.

9-10 Class: Lecture: French influence on Amer. lit.  Discuss Chopin with group activities.
HW: Read “Native American Oratory” p. 382, Cochise’s bio. p. 383, and “[I am alone]” p. 383-84.
Read Charlot’s bio. p. 385, and “[He has filled graves . . .]” p. 385-87. 
 Read Du Bois’s bio. p. 893-94 and “from The Souls of Black Folk” p. 894-910.
9-12 Class: Lecture: Native American orators and the Civil Rights movement.  Discuss Du Bois and Essay
HW: Review LBH Ch. 44 “Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources” p. 626-35.
Review LBH Ch. 46 “MLA Documentation and Format” p. 644-91.
Review LBH Ch. 49 “Reading and Writing About Literature” p. 731-54.

9-17 Class: Lecture: How to write about literature, research refresher, and exam review. Essay One
HW: Review LBH Ch. 43c-e “Mining . . .,” “Using . . .,” and “Integrating . . .” p. 607-25 and Ch. 6e “Preparing For Exams” p. 136-38. 
Complete Essay One.
Prepare for Exam One.
9-19 Class: Exam One.  Troubleshooting Essay One.
HW: Read “American Literature 1914-1945” p. 1177-92 and “World War I and Its Aftermath” p.
Read Bulosan’s bio. p. 2076 and “Be American” p. 2076-81.

9-24 Class:  Essay One due to eCampus dropbox by 11:55 p.m.  Lecture: WWI, WWII, and
Modernism.  Discuss Bulosan and the migrant influence.
HW: Read “Modernist Manifestos” p. 1499-1500.
Read “Ezra Pound” and “from A Retrospect” p. 1506-07.
Read Lowell’s bio. p. 1349-50, “Venus Transiens” p. 1352,
“September, 1918” p. 1353, and
“Summer Night Piece” p. 1354.
Read Millay’s bio. p. 1803-04, “Apostrophe to Man” p. 1805-06 and
“I Forgot for a Moment” p. 1807.
Read Hughes’s bio. p. 2026-27, “Mother to Son” p. 2028,
“I, Too” p. 2028,
“Silhouette” p. 2035-36, and
“Visitors to the Black Belt” p. 2032.
Read McKay’s bio. p. 1686-87, “The Lynching” p. 1688,
“If We Must Die” p. 1688, and
 “America” p. 1689.
9-26 Class:  Lecture: Modernism poetry conventions and poets from 9-26. 
HW: Read Pound’s bio. p. 1477-79 and “A Pact” p. 1481.
Read Moore’s bio. p. 1531-32, “Poetry” p. 1532-33.
Read Cummings’s bio. p. 1807-08, “in Just-” p. 1809, and
“‘next to of course god America i” p. 1811.
Read Frost’s bio. p. 1388-89, “The Pasture” p. 1389,
“Nothing Gold Can Stay” p. 1403, and
“The Gift Outright” p. 1407.
Read Sandburg’s bio. p. 1436-37, “Chicago” p. 1437,
“Fog” p. 1438, and
“Grass” p. 1439.

10-1 Class: Lecture: Poetry conventions and modern poetry continued. Poets from 10-1.
HW: Read “Ernest Hemingway” and “Letter of August 18 . . .” p. 1377-79.
 Read Hemingway’s bio. p. 1980-82 and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” p. 1983-99.
10-3 Class: Lecture: Conventions of Modernist prose.  Discuss Hemingway. 
HW: Read Fitzgerald’s bio. p. 1822-23 and “Winter Dreams” p. 1823-39.

10-8     Class: Discuss Fitzgerald with group activities. 
HW: Read Faulkner’s bio. p. 1858-60 and “Barn Burning” p. 1955-1967.
Read Porter’s bio. p. 1690-91 and “Flowering Judas” p. 1691-1700.
10-10 Class:  Lecture: The Southern Tradition.  Discuss Faulkner and Porter.
HW:  Prepare for Exam Two.

10-15 Class: Exam Two. Essay Two troubleshooting.
HW: Complete Essay Two and work on movie project.
10-17 Class: Essay Two due to eCampus dropbox by 11:55 p.m. Group work time.
HW: Read “American Literature Since 1945” p. 2083-96.
 Read Williams’s bio. p. 2184-86 and A Streetcar Named Desire, scenes 1-3, p. 2187-2209.

10-22   Class: Lecture: Postmodernism.  Begin video of A Streetcar Named Desire.
HW: Read Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, scenes 4-8, p. 2210-33.
10-24 Class: Continue video of A Streetcar Named Desire.
HW: Read Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, scenes 9-11, p. 2234-48.

10-29 Class: Conclude video of A Streetcar Named Desire with censorship clip and discussion. 
HW: Read Malamud’s bio. p.  2284-85 and “The Magic Barrel” p. 2285-97. 
10-31 Class: Lecture: Jewish-American Literature. 
HW: Read Anzaldua’s bio. p. 2935, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” p. 2947-55, and
“El sonavabitche” p. 2955-59.
 Read Alvarez’s bio. p. 3108 and “From Yo!” p. 3108-16. 

11-5 Class: Lecture: The rise of Chicano/a literature.  Discuss Anzaldua and Alvarez. 
HW: Read Anaya’s bio. p. 2806-07 and “from Bless Me, Ultima” p. 2807-15.
Read Cervantes’s bio. p. 3184-85, “Visions of Mexico . . . ” p. 3188-90, and “The Body as Braille” p. 3190.
11-7 Class: Discuss Anaya and Cervantes. 
 HW: Read “Writing in a Time of Terror” p. 3205.
  Read Updike’s bio. p. 3210 and “[Comment] from The New Yorker” p. 3211-12.
Read Nye’s bio. p. 3216 and “Shoulders” p. 3216.
  Read Nurske’s bio. p. 3218 and “The Reunification Center” p. 3218-19.

11-12 Class: Lecture: Literature in response to 9/11.  Read/discuss McCarthy’s “The Road” supplement in
HW:  Read Postmodern Manifestos” p. 2485-86 with “Ronald Sukenick” and “Innovative Fiction/Innovative Criteria” p. 2486-88.
 Read Spiegelman bio p. 3090-91 and “from Maus” p. 3091-3107.
11-14 Class: Lecture: Comics and various literary genres today. 
HW: Prepare for Exam Three.

11-19 Class:  Exam Three.
 HW: Work on movie project.
11-21 Class: Group work time for movie project. 
HW: Review LBH Ch. 56 “Oral Presentations” p. 856-64. 

11-26 Class: Student movie presentations.

----------------------------- Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 27-29 -----------------------------

12-3 Class: Student movie presentations.
 HW: Prepare for Course Inventory (Post-Test).
12-5 Class: Lecture: The Future of Literature.  Course wrap-up, presentation evaluations, and Course
Inventory (Post-Test). 
HW: Prepare for final exam. 

Thursday, Dec. 12: Final exam from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 You will be given two hours to complete the essay portion of the final exam.