MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2005
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Midterm Exam

Exam Goals and Format

The blue book exam is a single essay question. Your goal is also to write a thoughtful, clear essay that represents your own original thoughts about the issues raised by the class. It may be helpful to plan to write an essay that satisifes each of the following criteria, each of which will be weighted equally in grading the exam (the same criteria will apply to the final exam for this course):

Exam Subject

For the midterm exam, you will be provided with a short story in which computers feature prominently a few days before the exam. You are expected to read this story in the days before the exam. You may discuss the story with your classmates, and you may highlight text and/or make brief marginal notes on a single printout of the story which you can bring with you to the exam. You may not write an outline or essay on anything else on the story (we will randomly check during the exam).

The story for the midterm exam is called "A Logic Named Joe" by Murray Leinster. It is available on the toolkit site for this course. You can also download it from this link if you are logged into toolkit.

On the day of the exam, you will be provided with a question that provides you an opportunity to analyze this story. You can be confident that this question will ask you to discuss the role of computers in the short story, and that you will be expected to provide a thorough analysis of the story in terms similar to those we have used to analyze other media objects in class and discussion during the semester.

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