Student # 31

1) Look at the student’s work.

Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller

Standard Oil and John D Rockefeller John D Rockefeller owner of Standard Oil was a well known businessman in the oil industry. He found a way to dominate and monpolize the oil industry with horizontal intergration, rebates from the railroads and price cutting. He controlled 90% of the oil refining capacity. His success did not go unnoticed and state laws prevented Rockefeller from doing business of owning stock in similar market in other states. With the genius of his attorney S.T.C. Dodd, he found a way around this legality with the formation of trusts which in turn could form a board of trustees to supervise "over the affairs of Standard Oil Companies" and it's subsidiaries in other states bypassing state laws.



2) Mark an X in the 1st column if you can answer any of these questions about this student’s work.



Did the student read and write the facts accurately? Can you prove it?



Did the student write in his own words? Or did the student do what The Bedford Handbook calls “unacceptable borrowing” or plagiarism? Can you prove it?



Did the student use facts not in the common source—or rely on memory or perhaps make up something? Can you prove it?



Did the student seem to understand the facts? Can you prove it?


3) Now click on the link to the right of this one. Using that link, compare the student’s work with the source that the student used. If your answer to a question above is different, mark an X in the 2nd column.








Part of the presentation Hidden Barriers to Critical Thinking: Assessment and Solutions

A & M Assessment Conference, February 2010

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