POLS 1500: Themes in Global Politics Ohio University, Dr.Brandon Kendhammer

Online Reading Quizzes

The Blackboard reading quizzes are intended to provide you with an incentive to complete the reading assignments in a timely manner. They are also intended to ensure that you have been attentive not only to the broad strokes of the author's arguments but to the details, as well.  Although not all of the material that appears in the reading quizzes will re-appear on the exams, students who successfully complete the reading quizzes (and have done the reading) are likely to score well on the exams.

Format and Structure

The quizzes consist of 5 questions, each worth 2 points, for a total of 10 points per quiz. You will be required to complete 10 (of a possible 13) quizzes over the course of the term.

The quizzes will become available on Blackboard at 10:15 AM on Mondays (a half-hour before our first weekly class meeting), and will close at 10:15 AM (a half-hour before our last weekly class meets) on Fridays.  Each quiz may be taken only once, and they may not be made up or taken late.

The Blackboard website for OU students may be found here (Blackboard).  Please navigate to "Themes in Global Politics," and then select "Reading Quizzes" from the left-hand menu.

Reading Quiz Schedule

Reading quizzes will be scheduled for all weeks this term (including week 1) with at least two scheduled days of reading. There are thirteen (13) such weeks in this course, and thus thirteen (13) total Blackboard quizzes.

The weeks with reading quizzes are as follows...

  1. January 14-18
  2. January 21-25
  3. January 28-February 1
  4. February 4-8
  5. February 11-15
  6. February 27-March 1
  7. March 4-8
  8. March 18-22
  9. March 25-29
  10. April 1-5
  11. April 8-12
  12. April 15-19
  13. April 22-26

In recognition that student schedules and stress levels vary over the course of the term, you have the choice of determining which 10 of these quizzes you complete. Your grade will be calculated on the first 10 quizzes you begin (which is how Blackboard records these things--it is not possible to "check" the questions before you officially begin the quiz). You must complete the quiz in a single sitting. This is a requirement of Blackboard's, and I cannot change it.

You cannot take extra quizzes beyond your required 10 for extra credit, and you may not substitute the score of a 11th, 12th, or 13th quiz for one on which you did poorly.  Because you may miss 3 quizzes with no penalty, there will be no-make ups or alternate assignments, and no excuses related to technological gaffes or failures will be accepted.  You are expected to have access to a working computer and a stable, reliable internet connection for this class. To repeat: the score you earn for the first 10 quizzes you begin is the score you will earn, with no exceptions.


  • You must complete 10 of 13 reading quizzes on Blackboard.
  • 5 questions per quiz worth 2 points each), for a total of 100 possible points..
  • Reading quizzes cover ALL assigned readings for the week, Monday through Friday
  • Each quiz becomes available at 10:15 AM on Monday, and closes at 10:15 AM on Friday.
  • Quiz Schedule is posted above.
  • Once you begin the quiz, you must complete it--there are no "do-overs."
  • No make-ups or alternative assignments. You may miss three quizzes with no penalty, so choose those weeks wisely.
  • No extra credit for extra quizzes. Your score on the first 10 you begin is your score.