The take-home tests your ability to critically analyse the discourses, drawing on our ongoing class discussions as well as knowledge gained in the first half of the course. The exam is posted on the site right at the beginning of the year, and our class discussion and discussion groups will help prepare you for it. The exam is evaluated on the basis of the thoughtfulness and depth of your answer. Avoid simply writing down undigested information. The length expected is 1,750 to 2,000 words (use the word count on your computer).
Limit yourself to class readings for this exam. Do not feel obliged to do research, as you are being tested on the depth of your understanding and reflection on material contained in the five discourses. You may not work in groups or consult with any other person in any degree, whether a member of the class or not. The exam paper must consist entirely of your own thoughts and analysis and your own work. You may, however, use any of the material and insights that came up in class discussions of the discourses, and are in fact encouraged to do so
(1) Discuss the issue of veiling and woman’s space in the five discourses. Use the issue to throw light on the general nature, assumptions, and interpretational strategies of the discourses. NOTE: You do not have to give each discourse equal space, though all should at least be mentioned. Bring out what you think is important to your discussion. Work with and analyze the material; avoid simply “reproducing information”.