he had an A in English but the department instituted a brand new departmental exam that would drastically affect the grade and whether you even pass. All students who wrote anything about teachers automatically got a near failing grade. His teacher was outraged on their behalf because the essays were good. She raised them up by several points. He still was dropped to a B and was bitter. He turned in an extra-credit 20 point assignment at the last minute because he previously thought he didn't need to plus he had a very painful arm from a tendon being popped out of place. Don't know if this assignment helped or it was the teacher's rebelliousness, but when he logged on to see his grades, there was the A in English.