If you write test corrections that meet the guidelines below, you will earn up to half the points you lost on a question. So, for example, if you you got a true/false wrong that was worth 1 point, a test correction could earn you up to 1/2 point back. You may do corrections on any test question you got wrong or for which you received partial credit. You do not have to do corrections for all questions, but you may if you choose. You must hand in your original test along with your corrections.

For each question you must:
  • Type out the question (number, question, correct answer)
  • Type out an explanation of the correct answer. (This is the hard part!) This should include specific, relevant elaboration - added detail to show thorough knowledge on the topic. For short answer type questions you should write a complete, correct response. If you got partial credit originally you may be able to use some or all of your original response and just add to it.
  • Cite the name of the class material (homework, reading, class notes, handouts, video notes, slideshow, etc.) as reference for where the correct information was found. It is not acceptable to cite online sources such as Wikipedia. The point is to use your texts and class notes to see how you could have read/studied more effectively the first time.
  • The corrections must be your own work, not a copy of someone else’s answers. (If two sets of revisions are the same, I won’t count either one.)

Example A - Multiple choice question - (would be same for true/false or matching)
1. __ Mummification in ancient Egypt was meant to:
A. preserve the body so it would not have to go on to the afterlife
B. prepare the body for its journey into the afterlife
C. preserve the body so the family could continue to spend time together even after one of its members was dead
D. keep bodies dry since they had no place to bury them

CORRECT ANSWER: B - prepare the body for its journey into the afterlife
  • The ancient Egyptians believed that when someone died, that person's soul left their body. They thought the soul would reunite with the body after it was buried, but in order to do so the body must be preserved. They developed a method of preserving bodies so they would remain lifelike. This process included embalming the bodies and wrapping them in strips of linen. Many Egyptians were buried with objects that would be needed in the afterlife, including every day and valuable objects.
  • SOURCE: Video notes, Ancient Egyptian burial practices

Example B (example of a short answer question)
5. In the chart at right, provide a brief explanation key individuals or group that were part of the social pyramid in ancient Egypt.
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  • Pharaoh should be at the top of the pyramid (I forgot to include this)
  • The most powerful person in ancient Egypt was a ruler known as a pharaoh. He or she was both the political and religious leader of the Egyptian people. As a political leader, the pharaoh was an all-powerful king or queen who owned land, collected taxes, and defended Egypt against attackers. As a religious leader, the pharaoh represented the gods on earth. He or she performed rituals and built temples to honor the many gods Egyptians worshipped.
  • SOURCE: Text reading, pp. 25-26 and lecture notes