Test #3 Results

The top terms were:

  1. Adolf Hitler
  2. Cuban Missile Crisis
  3. Pearl Harbor
  4. Great Depression
  5. One Child Policy
  6. League of Nations

As with the pop quizzes, I scored each answer on a 4-point scale, then added up the results. The high score in the class was 42 out of a possible 48 (before extra credit) again, which I used as the 100% mark. The median score was B. Here’s how the grade scale worked out:

Grade minimum points distribution
A+ 42
A 39.8 20%
A- 37.8
B+ 34.8
B 30.3 55%
B- 27.3
C+ 24.3
C 19.8 25%
C- 16.8
D+ 13.8
D 9.3 0%
D- 6.3
F 0

If you compare it to the last quiz, you can see some movement from D to C and movement from C to B: definite shift up. If you want your test grades before you hand in your final, email me. Otherwise, I’ll have the tests ready to hand back when you hand in the final essays. Now, on to grade the book reviews!

Study Terms for Test 3: Chapters 27-32

Chapter 27
Balfour Declaration
Eastern Front
Emiliano Zapata
Kaiser Wilhelm II
League of Nations
Louise Bryant
Mandate System
Paris Peace Conference
Senegalese Sharpshooters
“Socialism in One Country”
Southern Front
Sun Yat-sen
V.I. Lenin
Weimar Republic
Western Front
Woodrow Wilson
Chapter 28
Adolf Hitler
Benito Mussolini
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Great Depression
Great Purges
Halide Edib
Igbo Women’s War
Invasion of Manchuria
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Mustafa Kemal
Rape of Nanjing
Spanish Civil War
Chapter 29
Allied Powers
Atlantic Charter
Axis Powers
Battle of Stalingrad
Bretton Woods Conference
Charles de Gaulle
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
King’s African Rifles
Marshall Plan
Nancy Wake
Pearl Harbor
“Quit India”
Siege of Leningrad
Truman Doctrine
United Nations
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Winston Churchill
Chapter 30
Ahmed Sukarno
Central Intelligence Agency
Cuban Missile Crisis
Ernesto Guevara
Fidel Castro
Gamal Abdel Nasser
Great Leap Forward
Hungarian Uprising
Jacob Arbenz
Jawaharlal Nehru
Patrice Lumumba
Prague Spring
Red Guards
Salvador Allende
Tlatelolco Massacre
Chapter 31
Ayatollah Khomeini
Boris Yeltsin
Deng Xiaoping
Helsinki Accords
Mikhail Gorbachev
Nelson Mandela
Osama bin Laden
Persian Gulf War
Ronald Reagan
Soweto Uprising
Structural Adjustment
Tiananmen Massacre
Chapter 32
Bharatiya Janata Party
Dowry System
Kyoto Protocol
Manmohan Singh
Mira Nair
Muhammad Yusef
One Child Policy
September 11, 2001
Sustainable Development
Wangari Maathai
World Trade Organization

Test #2 Results

The top terms were:

  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. Industrial Revolution
  3. Napoleon Bonaparte
  4. Isaac Newton
  5. Declaration of Independence
  6. Charles Darwin

As with the pop quizzes, I scored each answer on a 4-point scale, then added up the results. The high score in the class was 42 out of a possible 48 (before extra credit) again, which I used as the 100% mark (which again raised everyone’s grades a lot). The median score was between B and B-. Here’s how the grade scale worked out:

Grade minimum points distribution
A+ 42
A 39.8 20%
A- 37.8
B+ 34.8
B 30.3 40%
B- 27.3
C+ 24.3
C 19.8 30%
C- 16.8
D+ 13.8
D 9.3 10%
D- 6.3
F 0

If you compare it to the last quiz, you can see some movement from B to A and some movement from D to C. But not much.

Study Terms for Chapters 21 through 26

Chapter 21

African Association
Carl Linnaeus
enlightened despots
Great Trigonometrical Survey
Isaac Newton
James Cook
John Locke
Joseph Banks
laissez faire
Lewis and Clark Expedition
problem of longitude
René Descartes
Sir Francis Bacon

Chapter 22

Congress of Angostura
Congress of Vienna
Constitution of the United States
Declaration of Independence
George Washington
Joseph Brant
Louis XVI
Miguel de Hidalgo y Costilla
Napoleon Bonaparte
National Assembly
Simón Bolìvar
Third Estate
Toussaint L’Ouverture
Tupac Amaru II

Chapter 23

Alexander Herzen
Charles Darwin
Crimean War
Emancipation Edict
Frankfurt Assembly
Giuseppe Garibaldi
Industrial Revolution
John Stuart Mill
Karl Marx
Louis Blanc
Louis Napoleon
Muhammad Ali
Otto Von Bismarck
The Reform Bill of 1832
Tanzimat reforms
Tsar Alexander II

Chapter 24

Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Boxer Rebellion
Commodore Matthew Perry
Empress Ci Xi
Fukuzawa Yûkichi
Gopal K. Gokhale
Indian National Congress
Indian Revolt of 1857
Meiji Restoration
Partition of Bengal
Rammohun Roy
Russo-Japanese War
Self-Strengthening Movement
Sino-Japanese War
Taiping Rebellion
Treaty of Nanjing

Chapter 25

Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Jackson
Benito Juàrez
Confederations of Canada
Gilded Age
Indian Removal Act
Métis Rebellion
Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake
Porfirio Diáz
responsible government
Sir John A. MacDonald
Sitting Bull
War of the Pacific
Yucatán Rebellion

Chapter 26

Asante Kingdom
Berlin Conference
Cecil Rhodes
David Livingstone
Federation of Indochina
King Khama III
King Leopold II of Belgium
The Mahdi, Muhammad Ahmad
Menelik II
New Imperialism
Samori Toure
Suez Canal
Union of South Africa
Xhosa Cattle Killing

Test #1 Results

The most popular term, by far, was “Columbian Exchange” followed by “Martin Luther,” “Abolition” and “The Bill of Rights.”

As with the pop quizzes, I scored each answer on a 4-point scale, then added up the results. The high score in the class was 42 out of a possible 48 (before extra credit), which I used as the 100% mark (which raised everyone’s grades a lot). The median score was a B or B-. Here’s how the grade scale worked out:

Grade minimum points distribution
A+ 42
A 39.8 15%
A- 37.8
B+ 34.8
B 30.3 45%
B- 27.3
C+ 24.3
C 19.8 20%
C- 16.8
D+ 13.8
D 9.3 20%
D- 6.3
F 0

This looks pretty good, but remember two things. The extra credits were a very helpful: most people got both right, and each grade scale was only three points or a bit more. The top score is very likely to go up in later tests, which means that everyone has to improve just to stay even.

Finally, I was, as I noted, very disappointed by the number of answers which parroted back the textbook’s sidebar definitions. Here are a few examples of how those definitions compare to answers which actually got good scores (3.5 or 4 out of 4) below the fold. My favorite example is the last one: notice how the textbook sidebar definition almost entirely fails to mention what makes Cornwallis important in this chapter, but the student definition ignores all the irrelevant stuff and goes right to significance? Note that the student definitions aren’t perfect but they very clearly cover the context, often mention and define related terms, and are especially good on significance, why the term/person/etc. mattered:

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Study List for Test #1

Here is the collected list of terms from the chapters to be covered by Test #1. As I said previously, I will give you a few terms from each chapter and you will answer twelve, including at least one from each chapter.

Chapter 15

Aztec Empire
Christopher Columbus
Columbian exchange
Encomienda system
Florentine Codex
Henry the Navigator
Inca Empire
Treaty of Tordesillas

Chapter 16

Catholic Reformation
Dutch East India Co.
Emperor Akbar
Examination system
Galileo Galilei
Kongo Kingdom
Lé Dynasty
Martin Luther
Matteo Ricci
Ming Dynasty
Mughal Dynasty
Nur Jahan
Tokugawa Shogunate
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Vasco da Gama
Wanli Emperor

Chapter 17

Abbas I
Bill of Rights
Cardinal Richelieu
Charles I
Hapsburg Dynasty
Juan de Chardin
Louis XIV
Peter the Great
Phillip II
Safavid Dynasty
Thirty Years’ War

Chapter 18

Catalina de Erauso
New England
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Virgin of Guadalupe

Chapter 19

Act for the Abolition of Slave Trade
Asante Kingdom
Atlantic Plantation System
Grand Banks
Great Lakes Region
Kimpa Vita
Maroon Communities
Olaudah Equiano
Seven Years’ War
Songhai Empire
Triangular trade

Chapter 20

Battle of Plassey
Catherine the Great
Dutch learning
Emperor Kangxi
Joseph Francois Dupleix
Lord Charles Cornwallis
Macartney Mission
Maratha Kingdoms
Nader Shah
Qing Dynasty
Seclusion Edicts
Treaty of Nerchinsk
Xie Qinggao
Yangzi River Valley

ID Tests

The pop quizzes and tests will be Term Identification tests: I will give you a list of terms selected from the “Key Terms” list at the end of each chapter, and you will write a short paragraph defining and explaining the importance of the term.

The answers I’m looking for have three important components:

  • Definition: Basic information about what the person did or what the event involved or what the term means.
  • Context: What country or region, what time period does this fit into? What else is happening around this term that’s important to know? What other people or events or concepts play a role?
  • Significance: Why is this an important person or event or concept? What does this change about the world, and what comes after this that couldn’t have happened without it?

Definition alone, which is what you get if you memorize the textbook sidebar or a sentence or two from the text, gets you up to about a C. Context gets you to B-range. You need all three to make an A. (All of this assumes that you’re getting it right, of course.) You can get all that from the textbook, if you read it carefully, but it’s a lot easier if you listen to the lectures, too. Your answer on tests need not be limited to the material in a single chapter: many names and terms and processes will appear in multiple chapters; pop quizzes, on the other hand, will focus on the term as defined in the chapter assigned for that day.

You can find some exemplars of good work from previous semesters here and here.

I grade the individual questions on a 4-point scale: 4=A, 3=B, etc. On the tests, I then total those up and, taking the highest grade in the class as 100%, convert them back to a letter grade with pluses and minuses. I record that grade (on a hundred point scale, so F is still worth more than zero) as your grade on the test.

Test 2 Results

The most popular terms were French and American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon. Only one person did Qianlong and only two did Kant.

The high score in the class was 39 out of a possible 48. The median score was a B; as you’d expect with a lower top score, the median was a bit higher than last time. Here’s how the grade scale worked out:

Grade minimum points distribution
A+ 39
A 37 20%
A- 35
B+ 32
B 28.25 45%
B- 25.25
C+ 22.25
C 18.5 25%
C- 15.5
D+ 12.5
D 8.75 10%
D- 5.75
F 0

11 people were helped by the extra credit, moving up a grade because of those points. That’s more than a third of the people who attempted the extra credit questions.

Two procedural notes and a small test change

  1. If you email an assignment to me, I will email you back with an acknowledgement (or a question, if the file is missing or I have difficulty with opening it). If you don’t get an email confirmation from me, then I haven’t gotten it.
  2. I take class time to hand back assignments when I have finished grading them. If you are not in class when I hand them back, you need to come to me to get it; I don’t spend extra class time later trying to track down people to give them assignments. (Or you can wait until the next assignment is graded, since I do run through everything in my folder.)

On the next test, I’m going to keep the structure of the last one — Twelve terms: two from each chapter, plus four from any remaining terms — with a slight modification. Because we spent more time on the Enlightenment/revolution chapter, I’m going to require three from that one. You still have three “free choice” terms, though.

Extra Credit Op.: PSU Jazz

The 35th Annual PSU Jazz Festival happens Friday March 6th at 7:30 PM  in Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine. Besides hearing the PSU Jazz 1 and our own Todd Hastings (trumpet) you also can hear a great saxophonist, Eric Marienthal.
Eric is a former member of the Grammy Award winning Chick Corea’s Elektric band and the Rippingtons. Currently he is first call L.A. and can be heard on numerous sound tracks as well as with the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band.
Eric records with Peak records and has produced some 11 albums. His sounds have topped the Contemporary Jazz Charts on several occasions.
Tickets for the event are available at the PSU Ticket Office or at the door. The cost is $12.00 adults and $10.00 for those 65 and over or 12 and under.
During the day groups will be performing in McCray, the Student Center, and Memorial Auditorium. These highs school, middle school and community college groups are being judged on their performances. The daytime events are free so step out of your office and catch some great jazz.