Professors: Riding the Ponies

Nothing once aroused the wrath of a literature professor more than the abbreviated, handy-dandy "study guide" to the works of great writers. Teachers complained that students unblushingly used these ponies, or trots, to pass a course without reading the assigned novels and plays — and often without bothering to attend class either. Only two years ago, Purdue's English Professor Maurice Beebe insisted: "I wouldn't allow my students to use a study guide to Judgment Day written by St. Peter himself." Since then, Beebe has written two trots, and dozens of...

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