FINAL Essay Exam Instructions
 
You have approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete this essay. Since this is an online class,
I have opened up a window of time to take this test between
Wednesday 09 March and Saturday 12 March.
You may take the final at anytime during these three days.  However, once the exam is open,
it must be completed within the time limit before it closes automatically.  Be sure to give yourself enough undisturbed time,
when you open the exam to write and proofread your essay. This is a short essay assignment (approx. 1-2 pages).  
 
 
You may use a thesaurus and dictionaries.
 
Choose one of the following two prompts and write an essay, using the skills you have learned this quarter.

 

ESSAY PROMPT/PASSAGE 1     

 

 

 

In the following passage, a writer presents a problem having to do with the way a culture functions:

 

 "…the forces of American commercialism are hugely dedicated to making us deliberately unhappy. Advertising is one of our major industries, and advertising exists not to satisfy desires but to create them – and to create them faster than any man’s budget can satisfy them. For that matter, our whole economy is based on a dedicated insatiability. We are taught that to possess is to be happy, and then we are made to want. We are even told it is our duty to want. It was only a few years ago, to cite a single example, that car dealers across the country were flying banners that read “You Auto Buy Now.” They were calling upon Americans, as an act approaching patriotism, to buy at once, with money they did not have, automobiles they did not really need, and which they would be required to grow tired of by the time the next year’s deals were released."

 

John Ciardi, “What is Happiness.”

          Write an essay that analyzes this problem. As part of this essay, you’ll need to summarize the writer’s perception of this issue as a problem and indicate the signs of this problem you’ve seen in your own experience and observations.

        Discuss the possible consequences of this situation, and possible ways to address it. How might we as a society manage this problem? It is important that you read the passage carefully. Think about the issues before attempting to draft a response. There is no one right answer, as long as you develop your essay. 

 

 

ESSAY PROMPT/PASSAGE 2

 

In the following passage, the writer presents a point of view on a social issue:

 

"There are two sorts of freedom: freedom from and freedom to. Given the choice, democracy should favor the latter. [For example,] Whether or not one likes smoking, the freedom to smoke is a more important right than freedom from smoking or its consequences."

 

Carll Tucker, “Smoke Signals.”

 

        Write an essay that lays out your own position on this topic in response to this writer. As you write your essay, include a description of the main issue, a summary of the author’s point of view, and your own viewpoint supported by your personal experience and observations. It is important that you read the passage carefully. Think about the issues before attempting to draft a response. There is no one right answer, as long as you develop your essay.