Their final is 75% multiple choice and 25% essay. Combined, they're 25% of the semester grade. So... the essay is worth a whopping 6% of their semester average. Hard to get one's panties in a twist over.
The essay is not going to be over content that we studied this semester. All the other classes already wrote theirs. Prompts were things like should marijuana be legalized, etc. I'm trying to come up with some that would require some thought, but that would be kind of fun and mainly be a chance for them to spend 50 minutes writing a good essay.
I'm taking suggestions!