The first time I tried to write a final exam, it was really really hard. Way harder than I thought it ever would be. Are the multiple choices too easy? Too tricky? Did I really lecture on that, or am I just remembering reading it somewhere? Will they really be able to make that factual connection or am I expecting them to read my mind?
It took me 3+ hours to write it.
Then I realized, by my second final, that I was taking myself way, way too seriously. I mean, finals are a serious thing to many (but not all) students, don’t get me wrong. But I realized I wasn’t doing anyone a favor when I put off writing the finals until the last day because I was dreading them. The students deserved a better and more considered test of their cumulative knowledge.
The solution? Have fun writing it.
So, I bring you question #32:
Jeremy Bentham was the father of ___________.
A. Deontological Ethics
B. Utilitarian Ethics
C. Areteic Ethics
D. Paris Hilton
I have similarly discovered the joy of writing instructions:
Short Answer (5 pts each): Please limit your answer to charts, lists, or a few sentences. Please no interpretive dance–but some drawing allowed. Also, please don’t cheat on your ETHICS test because, I mean, how lame would that be?
P.S. I just noticed that a year ago today I wrote an essay on the Ethics of Sex Ed in public schools–how apropos! How cool that I didn’t even know I would be giving an Ethics final at the same time the very next year.