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Remove all identifying information (e.g., your name, schools) from the essay.
Creativity and Originality
You exceed the parameters of the assignment, with original insights, creative synthesis of sources or a particularly engaging style.
Your central argument is clear, interesting, and demonstrable, based on evidence and not opinion. The claims made in the body of the paper clearly and obviously support your central argument. Your arguments and claims reflect a robust and nuanced understanding of the issues raised in the topic.
The essay uses evidence from primary sources, both theological and historical, as well as from scholarly secondary sources. The evidence used is rich, specific, varied and unambiguously supports your claims. Quotations and illustrations are used appropriately, with good framing and explanation in your essay.
Your ideas are presented in a logical and coherent manner, with strong topic sentences throughout the paper. The reader can effortlessly follow the structure of your argument.
There are no spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors. Quotations are properly cited.
150 possible points total