Reading A Qustion of Intent (Book) and Writing Essay About It


Instructions for Book Reports

Each book report is to be presented in a memorandum of at least three (3), but no more than five (5) pages.

The memorandum must be single-spaced using 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font.  Leave a space between sections and paragraphs in the same manner as these instructions.  Margins must be at least one inch on each side of the page.  If quotes are used from the book, give the page number in parenthesis at the end of the sentence (p. 1).  If using an e-book, cite the chapter where the quote originated.   Bullet points may be used, but the entire document cannot be a series of bullet points.  No additional sources (book, articles, websites, etc.) should be used.  No reference section at the end of the memorandum. 

Sentences should be concise and varied in length and structure.  Word choice should be precise and accurate.  There can be no misspellings, grammatical errors, or edits.  Use correct capitalization.   You should cover each of the topics sufficiently enough that someone who has never read the book would come away with a good understanding of the answers to each of the report questions.  

Papers are to be submitted in a Word document as an attachment through Turnitin on Blackboard.  The link is under the question list for each report.  No PDFs accepted.  Make sure the final draft is submitted because the system will not permit multiple submissions nor any edits in a report once submitted.  Reports will not be accepted as an email attachment. 

Book Report #1 Questions

Read David Kessler's Question of Intent and answer the questions below. 

1.  How did Kessler view his position as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?  Write a thoughtful description. 

2.  How did the executive branch impact Kessler's work on tobacco regulation?

3.  How did the legislative branch impact Kessler's work on tobacco regulation?

4.  How did the judicial branch impact Kessler's work on tobacco regulation?

Post #1 About book

What are the three most important things you learned from A Question of Intent?   What is your overall opinion of the book? 

Use information from the book for each of your points and to support your opinion.  If you need to quote from the book, put the page number in parenthesis at the end of the quote (p. 1).  For an e-book, cite the chapter number from which the quote originated.   Do not use information from any other source in your discussion, only the book itself.  Your discussion is limited to 600 words.  A grading rubric can be viewed in the grade center for Post #1. 


Levels of Achievement:Exemplary 10 (40.00%) pointsAcceptable 8 (32.00%) pointsUnsatisfactory 1 (4.00%) points


Levels of Achievement:Exemplary 7 (28.00%) pointsAcceptable 5 (20.00%) pointsUnsatisfactory 1 (4.00%) points

Writing Quality--

Levels of Achievement:Exemplary 5 (20.00%) pointsAcceptable 3 (12.00%) pointsUnsatisfactory 1 (4.00%) points

600 Word Limit--

Levels of Achievement:Exemplary 3 (12.00%) pointsAcceptable 2 (8.00%) pointsUnsatisfactory 1 (4.00%) points

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