So, how did I score in the Blogger SAT Challenge? (Because this is all about me, after all…)
Here’s my entry. I’m not terribly proud of it, but it got a score of 4 from the graders. Looking more closely, one grader generously gave it a 5/6, while the other gave it a 3/6, presumably because it didn’t have a clear enough argument.
All in all, I think that’s fair. It wanders around a bit, and equivocates about whether to agree or disagree with the quote. Reading it, you pretty much get to see my thought processes while writing it– I stared at the question for a minute or two, then started re-stating the question in hopes that that would jar something loose, and then I basically wrote any damn fool thing that came into my head, because I was starting to feel short on time.
I’m not sure I’d do a whole lot better writing without a time limit, though. I really don’t like the question very much, and I don’t strongly agree or disagree with the quote. On the one hand, Washington has a point, but it’s kind of a cheap and facile point, so I’m not terribly enthusiastic about it. I could go either way with it, which is why I ended up writing an equivocating essay.
And, let’s face it, I’m an academic, at a liberal arts college, no less. Equivocating is what I do.
Interestingly, I was one of seven people to use George Bush as an example, but the only one to cite Bill Clinton as an example (based on the incredibly scientific process of searching the Challenge blog for “Bush” and “Clinton”). I’m not sure what I think of those numbers– given that a great deal of our traffic came from Calpundit Monthly, it’s probably not surprising that people opted to take shots at Dubyah, but I’m a little surprised that no-one else brought up Slick Willie.
Anyway, that’s my entry. If you’ve found yours, and want to talk about it, I’d be interested to hear other people’s reactions in the comments.