The Harvard Crimson has a few more details:
The final examination in “Introduction to Congress,” which included three multi-part short answer questions, a bonus short answer question, and an essay question
Many of the questions were, ‘Find the answer and basically say why this is the way it is.’”
Another student wrote that he or she joined about 15 other students at a teaching fellow’s office hours on the morning of May 3, just hours before the final take-home exam’s 5 p.m. deadline.
“Almost all of [the students at office hours] had been awake the entire night, and none of us could figure out what an entire question (worth 20% of the grade) was asking,” the student wrote. “On top of this, one of the questions asked us about a term that had never been defined in any of our readings and had not been properly defined in class, so the TF had to give us a definition to use for the question.”
That same student also expressed frustration that Platt had canceled his office hours the morning before the exam was due. In a brief email to the class just after 10 a.m. on May 3, Platt apologized for having to cancel his office hours on short notice that day due to an appointment.
The instructions for the test are shown at the top of the page.
May 3 was a Thursday; I wonder why none of the students went to see the professor on, say, Wednesday.
The comments below the article are interesting--or some of them are, anyway.