Midterm Exam

Short Answer Questions

Will include six short answer questions of which you will have to answer five. Each question will be worth 10 points, approximately 2 points for each subsection. This portion of the exam will be closed book.

Essay Questions

Will include three of the following essay questions. You will be required to answer two. Each response should include five paragraphs in the form of a persuasive essay. The first paragraph will include your answer to the essay question and a description of your three main arguments. The second, third and fourth paragraphs will describe your first, second and third arguments, respectively. Each paragraph will include a thesis statement and incorporate evidence from readings presented throughout the semester. Each essay will be worth 25 points.

1. Are cities dying? (If so why and if not why not)

2. Is sprawl good or bad?

3. Can we build ourselves out of our congestion woes?

4. Are homeowners better citizens?

5. Do households value school quality and how is this measured?

6. Are cities greener? (and/or Can we make cities greener?)

Essay Grading Rubric

5 points for appropriate essay structure

5 points for writing style (are sentences clear, no spelling or grammatical errors)

3 points for introduction (do you clearly present your answer and the arguments you will make to support your answer)

3 points for argument 1 (do you clearly present your main argument and provide supporting evidence from the reading)

3 points for argument 2 (do you clearly present your main argument and provide supporting evidence from the reading)

3 points for argument 3 (do you clearly present your main argument and provide supporting evidence from the reading)

3 points for conclusion (do you summarize your main arguments and perhaps share an intuitive reasoning for your argument)

I attached 3 of the small essays below, try to change the words. The other 3 you can do by your self.

https://umb.umassonline.net/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_64507_1&content_id=_3253130_1&mode=reset readings for everything

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