For those of you who couldn’t make it today, here are the parameters and instructions for the test on Friday (2/13):
I will choose terms from each chapter, roughly 7-10. You will pick twelve (12) to write about, in the same style as the pop quizzes. You have to pick two from each chapter, but the remaining 4 can come from any chapter.
You’ll have the full 50 minutes. I’ll bring the test, as well as paper; all you have to bring is a suitable writing implement — pen, pencil, etc. — and everything you’ve learned since the beginning of the semester.
Also, I handed out paper copies of the study terms for the next test, chapters 19-22. If you’d copied them from the master list previously, you should go back and do it again, as I’ve trimmed it somewhat in the last week.
The main writing assignment this semester will be the eight document assignments. The tests will be based on the chapter study terms. I handed out the document assignments and the first set of study terms today, and we will talk about the assignments and tests, and do a mock pop quiz based on the chapter 15 terms, on Friday the 23rd.
The Final Exam is now available. (thanks for the corrections!) As noted, you have the choice of doing either the take-home or in-class version, but you will have to declare which one you will do the last week of class. Read over the assignments carefully, so that we can address questions as soon as you come back from Thanksgiving Break. Feel free to post questions here, or email me, as well.
Bonus: A good example of the importance of checking your sources online for reliability.
big bang theory
First World War
Gamal Abdel Nasser
John Maynard Keynes
League of Nations
Second World War
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Since both of these chapters deal with industrialization and its effects, I’m going to do the next test the same way I did the first one: as a single list from which you’ll pick eight terms.
Ashio copper mine
Arts and Crafts
economies of scale
The high score without extra credit was 30. This makes the calculations of lower grades pretty easy: nice round numbers.
The most popular terms were:
- Columbian Exchange
- smallpox & Martin Luther
The least popular terms were Manchu, Siberia and Rene Descartes.
The most popular term this time around was “monsoon” — almost everyone picked it. “Pepper’ and “Aztec” tied for second place, followed closely by “humanism”, “joint-stock company” and “imperialism.” The least popular term was “Siberia” — almost 90% of you avoided it — with “Mughal”, “Vasco da Gama” and “Mali” also in the single-digits.
Just a reminder: memorizing the glossary definition won’t get you much beyond C-range, if that. Memorizing the paragraph in which the term first appears only works sometimes, but usually there’s a lot of context if you read futher back and forward from there. Also, you really don’t want to ignore what I say in class: Part of my job is to provide further context and significance….. Conversely, what I say in class is intended to supplement the textbook, not replace it.
The high score in the class was 29.5 out of a possible 32. So here’s how the grades come out:
||median score: B
Here are some sample answers which scored 4 out of 4. I’m not endorsing copying their form or style, nor are they necessarily perfect, but they get the job done: cover the ground and get to the point.
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