class meetings feature a brief objective reading quiz based on the day’s
Quizzes are given one time only
and cannot be made up.
f you come in after the quiz has
been given, or you miss a class, please do not ask if you can take the
quiz. I appreciate your not asking me and dislike being asked. You lose more
by asking than by missing the quiz.
Even if you don't know the
answers, turn in a quiz with your name on it, as quizzes are used to take
Answer questions accurately but
briefly, as they are graded quickly. A few words or phrases usually suffice.
Complete sentences not required.
Grades range from “checks” for
correct answers to “X’s” for no right answers to combinations of these
grades with pluses or minuses for combinations of right and wrong answers.
Occasionally one or two
students in the class receive a “check-plus” for answers that are not only
accurate but unusually entertaining, insightful, or otherwise impressive.
You are expected to make checks or check-minuses on all
but one or two of your quizzes. Failure to take or turn in quizzes, or
overall quiz grades noticeably lower than the class average, can result in a
much lower overall course grade, beyond the declared weight of the quizzes.
Sample Reading quiz
Literature of the
Quiz 10: 1st
reading quiz on Red Mars
Answer one of the following questions regarding John Boone: How did he die? Or,
What was he most famous for?
Describe another member of the “First Hundred” besides Boone. It’s best to
give a name, but give enough details to demonstrate your reading.
Describe some of the action as the Ares spacecraft nears Mars. For
example, what begins to happen among the crew? Whom does Maya see who upsets
her? What kind of “storm” does the ship pass through?