kalvano wrote:Curious what people's opinions are - is it better to answer all of the essay questions on an exam at least somewhat, or better to leave some blank but rock the answers you do write down?
I think this really depends on how your professor grades. If your prof only gives point for in depth analysis, the leave parts black. But I don't think that's how most profs grade. I think they give substantial points for spotting an issue. Substantial points for analysis.
I think at the very least you need to spot the issues. I would also include elements or arguments that are most at issue. If you are super time crunched, don't talk about each element of Battery, if the only realistically contestable element is intent.
But again this is highly dependant on your profs grading style. My property prof gave us a rubric for a midterm. You'd get 1 point for spotting, 1 point for siplaying the BLL and then 2 for analysis. But those 2 points for spotting and BLL were points EVERYone gets. In the time it took to spot and issue you'd only bump your analysis .5 at best.
My civ pro prof gave 1/3 spotting/issue 2/3 analysis. But he only had a couple issues.
You also have to strategic on whether you are arguing a point the professor cares about. Don't make ridiculous arguments why ignoring good arguments on other questions. Trying to argue a lease is a life estate is retared if you don't do the nuisance claim later.