A couple of weeks ago, I turned in an essay exam covering four questions, with a limit of two, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 (=font style and size), pages per answer. Given the Army's (unfortunately, all too necessary) concern over plagiarism, answers were expected to cite references when appropriate.
I submitted my exam which indeed had exactly two pages per answer, and probably way too many endnotes for such an endeavor. However, so much of my life has been characterized by, "anything worth doing is worth overdoing," I suppose it's not a surprise I ended up with sixty-some citations from among 31 listed references. Sigh.
Here's what the person grading the exam had to say in response:
I did receive 100 points out of the 100 possible."Yours is perhaps the best paper I've read for this lesson. Content, format, and notes are truly excellent. I would tell you, however, that you really are not expected to have such extensive documentation for every test or essay. That said, I very much enjoyed your answers."
And to think this stuff is not even close to subject matter that I'm remotely interested in.
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ