First, it would be Good and Proper to lay down come criteria:
Each “paper” must:
- Have a word count of 1250.**
- Have the word count included at the bottom.
- Use ABSOLUTELY ALL of the 42 words on the vocabulary list.
- Modifications of the words on the vocabulary list are permissible within reason (i.e. “Apocalypse” or “Apocalyptic” may legitimately replace “Apocalypticism”).
- Boldface all vocabulary words. To keep me an honest woman.
- Not be researched.*
- If any research is to be done, it must be insanely minimal (no more than the first sentence of a Wikipedia entry, or definition from dictionary.com).*
- But, really, no research allowed.*
- Include, in the conclusion, a re-statement of the thesis.*
- Begin with something abstract, cheesy, and (if you teach history) cringe-worthy, such as, “Throughout the mists of time…”
- Include anachronisms.* Bonus points for anachronistic moralizing.*
That, gentle reader, is what you can expect.
** I figure the ABSOLUTE BARE MINIMUM page count for an undergrad, upper division history paper is about 5 pages, and 1250 words is roughly what that comes out to.
* Denotes things I have heard one or more professors explicitly instruct against – sometimes even citing them as pet peeves.