STUDY SHEET FOR HISTORY 475,
A. Exam 1 will be given on Thursday, February
B. Exam 1 will cover:
C. Structure Of Exam 1
- All lectures from the beginning of the semester through February
8 (The Cane Ridge Revival and its aftermath).
- Stout, Divine Dramatist, all pages.
- Conkin, Cane Ridge, all pages.
- Tallant, "American Revival Narratives," chaps. 1-4.
- Jon Butler, "Enthusiasm Described and Decried: The Great
Awakening as Interpretive Fiction."
- Rhys Isaac, "Evangelical Revolt: The Nature of the Baptists'
Challenge to the Traditional Order of Virginia, 1765 to 1775."
- Generally you should give priority to studying lecture notes,
since we have covered most of the important topics in class.
However, you can expect to see questions on the exam which require
specific knowledge of the readings.
- One sign of a good exam is that the essays give some evidence
of reading and thinking beyond class discussions. If you are
intellectually engaged with the course materials, including both
class discussions and outside readings, your essays will naturally
reflect issues and subjects which we have not had time to talk
about in class. Don't hesitate to work into your essays material
from the readings if appropriate and topical. (Don't put in material
from the readings just to put it in. The material must be a natural
rather than a "forced" fit.)
D. Question Formats:
- You will answer three essay questions: two worth 33 points,
one worth 34 points.
- For each essay you are to write, you will be able to choose
between two or more possible topics.
- The exams will be written in blue books provided by Dr. Tallant.
You do not need extra paper.
The following questions illustrate the formats of questions commonly
asked in History 475. (These sample questions, of course, will
NOT appear on the
exam.) While these are the question formats I most commonly use,
other formats not listed below may be occasionally used. Notice
that the questions are large in scope. Many of you will know
enough about the questions that you could easily take two hours
or more to complete the exam. However,
you have only 75 minutes. You will need to
be selective in what you say while making sure that you cover
the key points. You may want to spend a few moments before each
question jotting down a brief outline to make certain that you
say everything you need to.
- Discuss questions. The point
of this question is to assess your knowledge of a particular subject.
Typically the announcement of the subject (Discuss this
subject . . . ) will be followed by a series of subordinate
questions designed to prompt you toward addressing issues which
a good essay on the subject needs to cover. Please do not feel
limited by these questions. You do not have to deal with them
in rote order and you do not have to confine your essays to these
sub-questions alone. Filter these questions through your own
intelligence and make them the product of your understanding and
Discuss British mercantilism and its impact on the development
of colonial America. What were the major assumptions of mercantilism?
What impact did British mercantilism have on the economic development
of the American colonies? How did British mercantilism create
the preconditions for the American Revolution before 1763?
- Defend-or-refute questions.
The point of this question is to assess your ability to draw
conclusions about issues and present an argument on behalf of
your position. Typically these questions present you with a controversial
statement and ask you to defend it or refute it. You must marshal
compelling evidence and convincing arguments on behalf of your
position. Notice that making an argument in an essay involves
not only showing the strengths of your position but also the weaknesses
of the opposing position. Your grade will be based not on whether
your position matches Dr. Tallant's but on the quality of your
Defend or refute the following statement: The political theory
of republicanism caused Americans to misinterpret and misperceive
the actions of the British government after 1763. Although Americans
claimed they wanted to resolve their grievances and remain part
of the empire, the Americans' republican misperceptions caused
them to believe that American liberties could be preserved only
outside the empire. The Revolution occurred for the wrong reasons.
If the Americans had been more objective in their outlook, there
would have been no Revolution.
- Hypothetical questions.
The point of this question is to assess the quality of your thinking
about and knowledge of a subject. Typically these questions will
pose a "what-if" scenario and ask you to respond. These
are questions for which there ultimately may be no verifiably
correct answer. Nevertheless, it is possible to tell a great
deal about a person's mind and acquisition of knowledge by observing
them grapple with hypothetical questions.
Put yourself in the position of an adviser to the British prime
minister in 1763. What new conditions and problems do you see
facing the British Empire which call for the reorganization of
Britain's colonial system? Recommend and describe a hypothetical
program for reorganization which would both address the problems
of the British Empire and avoid major protests from members of
Parliament or the American colonies.
- Compare-and-contrast questions.
The point of this question is to assess your conceptual grasp
and knowledge of issues. The questions asks you to assess the
similarities and differences between two things. The example
below includes the request for your opinion on an issue. Note
that while I am seeking your thoughts, your opinions must be based
upon rational analysis and empirical evidence, not upon a strong
feeling or hunch unsupported with evidence.
Compare and contrast James Madison's Virginia Plan and the U.S.
Constitution. How are they alike? How are they different? What
considerations prompted the Constitutional Convention to alter
Madison's plan? Did these alterations so thoroughly change the
Constitution that it should not be considered Madison's handiwork?
In your opinion, would the unaltered Virginia Plan have been
a better framework of government for the U.S.? Why?
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