Yes/Ah, Yes; Right; Exactly; True; Checkmark

These are affirmative replies that signify agreement.

Oftentimes professors will use one or more of these words to call attention to a particular area of your analysis that fully reflects a sound assessment of the ideas within the author’s work. In the following excerpt, the student incorporates a quote and follows it up with an assessment that reflects a cultural understanding on the subject of arranged marriages. Let’s read the excerpt.

Sample Excerpt

Cymbeline states to Innogen, “O disloyal thing,/ That shouldst repair my youth, thou heap’st/ A year’s age on me” (1.1.134-136).  In making this statement, Cymbeline is attacking his daughter’s sense of reason.  It doesn’t make sense to marry such a base fellow as Posthumus. He is beneath the nobility and Innogen should have employed another option as suitor to carry on the legacy of the throne. In marrying Posthumus, Innogen goes against the arranging of marriages, set laws, and she is overall disobedient to her father’s wishes. Her father “expects” her to conform to his way of thinking. This is why he calls her “. . . foolish thing . . .” (1.1.153).

Figure 60: Essay Excerpt on Cymbeline, William Shakespeare

The student’s assessment reflects truth in the sense that she incorporates a quote that correlates to her follow-up statement. In other words, the follow-up statement bolded after the quote complements the ideas the author expresses within the quote.

In addition, the student’s assessment is true in the sense that the father’s attitude represents common knowledge, regardless of marriage. All parents typically want their daughters to marry someone who can take care of them. This assumption transcends all cultures and races. All you would need to validate this assumption is an example of a culture’s customs and beliefs to bring credibility to your analysis.

Therefore, when a professor uses the comment “true” (or “yes,” “right,” exactly,” or “checkmark”) to assess your work, he or she may be alluding to common knowledge. To be sure you have a good understanding of your professor’s comment, ask for clarification.

For an extended explanation, see also the comment “Right/On the Right Path.”

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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