This paper better be formatted in a particular way! Your profs aren’t trying to bust your chops (they do, in fact, have other things to do than make you miserable)—they’re trying to streamline the grading process.
If the professor does not provide these things to you, don’t be afraid to ask for them.
It’s completely unfair to assess a student if the student doesn’t know what’s expected of them. Once you have that rubric and assignment sheet in hand, you’re ready to discern the things your prof will look for when grading the assignment.
Be mindful of the pitfalls and confident about your high points.
All this should take you no more than 10 or 15 minutes.