In order to make sure students are keeping
up with the readings (and to encourage students to come to class!) I
give quite a few surprise quizzes during the semester. Often,
these surprise quizzes involve short essays on the reading assigned for
day. Very frequently, I use one of the "primary source" study
questions as the surprise quiz question. If you keep up with the
readings, and (especially) if you are prepared to answer the
study guide questions, you should do well on these quizzes.