Final Exam Review

The final exam will cover the entire course with a slight emphasis on material since Spring Break. The questions will come from among the options listed below. The exam will be both open-book and open-note and, as explained below, will require the use of your commonplace book for one question.

The exam will include four parts for a total of 250 points:

  1. Source analysis (2 – 60 points total): You will be given a source (including documents, images, tables, graphs, etc.) we have discussed in class, based on which you will answer several brief questions.
  2. Commonplace book (1 – 60 points): You will be asked to use your commonplace book quotations and index to discuss one of the themes of the course in a brief essay.
  3. Short essay (1 – 40 points): Using material from readings and lectures, you will answer a question in 4-5 paragraphs discussing a major theme from the last portion of the course. This question will be based in part on our discussion of Manisha Sinha’s essay on Charles Sumner.
  4. Long essay (1 – 90 points): Using material from readings and lectures, you will answer a question in 8-10 paragraphs discussing a major theme from the entire course.

Themes

Role of slavery in the United States

Causes of the Civil War

Changes in economic life

Social reform and its impact

The relationship between national politics and American culture

Gender roles in the colonies and United States

The influence of Manifest Destiny and ideas about the United States as an empire

Changes in religious practice from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century