Midterm Take-Home Exam
Your take-home exam is due on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 11:55 pm EST.
Late submissions will not be accepted unless a documented excuse of sufficient weight
is provided (e.g., a medical emergency).
You must submit your work online through the Midterm Exam folder in the LEARN Dropbox.
Please note carefully that only ONE file will be accepted to the Dropbox. Therefore, you must
not use the Dropbox to store drafts or otherwise incomplete versions of your work. Use only
supported browsers to submit your work. See below for detailed instructions on preparing
online submissions and using the LEARN Dropbox.
The following pieces of information MUST be on the front page of your assignment:
• Full Name
• Student ID Number
• Course Name and Number
• Name of Assignment: i.e., “Midterm Exam”
Note on plagiarism:
Passing off the work of others as your own constitutes plagiarism and is a serious offence. All
suspected cases of plagiarism are referred to the Associate Dean's office. See the Faculty of
Arts webpage on Ethical Behavior for important information on plagiarism and other academic
offences. See below for instructions on appropriate methods of citation for your essay.
This exam is composed of three short essay-style questions (choose 3 of the 4 questions
below). Each answer should be between 450 - 600 words (approximately 1.5 - 2 pages, doublespaced). Completed exams must be no longer than six pages. Text must be double-spaced and
written in a 12 point font. Margins must be at least 1 inch wide. Text written beyond six pages
will not be marked.
Introductions and conclusions are not necessary. Full referencing is required (see below).
Answers must be written in complete sentences. Point form answers will not be graded.
Select 3 of the 4 pairs of authors below and for each pair:
• Identify each author’s position on the topic;
• Summarize two key reasons they provide for their views;
State which view you more strongly agree with;
Give at least one specific reason (in the form of a brief argument) for favouring that view.
1. Narveson (MM ch. 3) and Foot (MI pp. 7-28) on euthanasia
2. Narveson (MM ch. 4) and Hurka (MI pp. 120-131) on capital punishment
3. Narveson (MM ch. 6) and Singer (EI pp. 26-35) on the moral status of animals
4. Narveson (MM ch. 10) and Naess (EI pp. 86-97) on the topic of the moral importance of
Use in-text citations of the (author, abbreviated title of text, page #) format whenever you directly
quote, paraphrase, or otherwise represent ideas from the relevant course text—e.g. (Narveson,
MM, p. 5). If you refer to the lecture notes, use an in-text reference to indicate which lecture—
e.g. (Narveson, L2). Use only relevant course materials—i.e., do not use outside sources.
Guidelines for Submitting Papers Online
• Only the following file types will be accepted: Rich Text Format (.rtf); Microsoft Word
format (.doc or .docx)
• Be sure to save your assignment in an appropriate folder or on your desktop for easy
• Ensure that the name of your file does not include special characters such as symbols or
punctuation. Such characters may cause