i'm a week late in telling you about it, but my history course's exam 2 was last monday, and the instructor was kind enough to return the results the next day. my grade, after the curve, was 88. so i have a firm b in this course. all that's left is the final exam, another essay. and again, the instructor has been kind enough to give us the question in advance, and this time he will permit a front and back 5x8 card (and magnifying glass). apparently it isn't unknown for students to write their essay ahead of time on the card in tiny print and simply copy it into the bluebook.
i may try that.