People on NaNoWriMo tend to know about Plot Bunnies, which are defined as the following: A plot bunny is a story idea that refuses to go away until it is written. The term's origin is unknown but is known to predate NaNoWriMo. Because plot bunnies tend to multiply quickly, the term is thought to be related to the oft-quoted John Steinbeck quote about ideas and rabbits - "Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." --John Steinbeck.
From the Wikiwrimo website.
I believe that it assignment writing, this is pretty much the same thing - except you are writing about other people's plots but en route, you are trying to read it from an obscure angle and trying to work out the intentions of the theory reader as well as the political intent of the writer etc. So, by extension, I believe I have a variant of Plot Bunny (academic strain), possibly a relation to the Lopearred Sitting Around Bunny, possibly known as Can't Find Your Own Bun With Both Hands variant.
I can identify with the pic - it definitely feel like this.
Well, I had better add to the rest of it, or it will look like I haven't achieved much today.