It turns out that I fell to the curse of thinking an essay went well so that I end up getting my worst mark so far for it (a 67). It seems that I have to go against what I learned in my previous courses in supporting my arguments with quotes from the source and instead re-write the source material in my own words. This is pretty much the exact opposite of what I have been told before, so it will be hard to unlearn. At least I have a few more essays to practise in before the exam. Oh well, that’s the way it goes and my two assignments so far even out to 72.5 (though the average of all 6 assignments will only be 50% of my overall mark for the course, the rest coming from the 3 hour hand-written exam – better get working on my handwriting).