The Midterm will be an essay which you will compose before coming into the classroom for the exam. This is the "3-2-1" format: you will be give three very generally phrased topics which are each intended to cover a significant portion of the art you have studied as part of this course. You will prepare two of these topics outside our class. In your preparation, please keep in mind the following:
- You will work up the two essays from the text, the lectures, and any other relevant sources you have used in order to compose your own, individual responses. Please note the importance of the last three words of that sentence. You may use any of the resources on reserve, even if they have not been used in class.
- You will come into class with two essay topics prepared, as indicated above. You will not be shown any images and you may not use notes.
- You will be given a piece of paper with two of the three questions; you will not know in advance which two of the three will be listed.
- You will select one of the two topics for your essay.
- In your essay on the one topic you will need to cite 6-8 works of art by three to five different artists.
- Your essay needs to be formed around the topic in such a way as to display your individual consideration of the subject. An essay that is just a list of works of art and artists will not receive a good grade.
- Your essay will need to be 6-7 bluebook pages long for regular size handwriting; the bluebooks will be provided. When your essay is completed, you will hand it in with the test paper. If you do not present the test paper with the essay you will not receive credit for the exam.
- As you will write out the essay during our regular class time you will need to have both essays completed and memorized before you enter thr classroom. It will not be possible to give you extra time.
Information about the Midterm topics will be posted here at the appropriate time.
Above left: February from the Tres Riches Heures of John, Duke of Berry by the Limbourg Brothers, 1416.