History 101 Questions

EXAM FORMAT (you receive the questions in this order):

  • SHORT ESSAYS (2 @ 20 points each)
    • You will have two groups of short essays with 8 choices in each group (2 per major theme). Pick ONE from each group (so by the time you finish the short essay section, you will have written TWO short essays)
    • Short essays are in the form of terms, names, places, or events (such as Charter of 1606, Bacon’s Rebellion, Federalist Papers, Bill of Rights, etc.)
    • For each of your choices, write a short essay (1-2 full, robust paragraphs. A paragraph is defined as at least 5 sentences) that defines the term in as much detail as you can from lectures, assigned readings, films, and discussions and provide its significance for this course.
    • Short essays that are vague or overly brief cannot earn more than half credit (10 points out of 20). Those that have sufficient detail, but fail to address significance cannot earn more than 70% of the credit (14 points out of 20).
    • NOTE: The short essay choices you receive are randomized, so it is possible that you could receive the same group of choices for both Short Essay #1 and Short Essay #2. If this happens, just know that you need to pick a different essay for Short Essay #2 than what you wrote for Short Essay #1. (So, if you get the Bill of Rights as a choice twice, you cannot write on the Bill of Rights twice)
  • LONG ESSAY (1 @ 40 points)
    • You will have one group of 4 long essay choices (1 per major theme). Pick ONE from the group and write roughly 3-5 full, robust paragraphs (again, a paragraph is defined as at least 5 sentences), including as much detail as you can remember and addressing all parts of the question.
    • If you discover that information from a short essay that you already wrote is useful in answering the long essay question, you are allowed to “double dip” and count your short essay towards your long essay. For example, if you wrote on Common Sense for your short essay and then you select a long essay about the path that led to American independence, information on Common Sense in that long essay would be appropriate and necessary. Rather than having to write about Common Sense all over again (you’ve already done it once and you don’t really have time to rehash it all over again), instead, when you get to the part of your long essay when you would start talking about Common Sense, type “please see my short essay on Common Sense” and then move along to the rest of your essay. This allows us to mentally copy and paste your short essay into your long essay as we grade. Keep in mind that doing this means that the quality of your short essay impacts the quality of your long essay. If you have a problematic short essay that you reference in your long essay, that therefore makes your long essay problematic. Before you “double dip” in this manner, you want to make sure you’re confident in your short essay.
    • Long essays that are vague, overly brief, and/or focus on only a small part of the whole question cannot earn more than half credit (20 points out of 40).
  • MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS (30 @ 1.5 points each)
    • These come from the quizzes (both chapter and lecture) as well as new questions from breakout readings. Select the best answer (or answers if the question tells you to “select all that apply,” indicating that more than one of the choices could be correct).
    • Keep in mind that Canvas randomly selected questions for your lecture and chapter quizzes from much larger test banks (for example, you saw 70 textbook questions if you took each of the 7 chapter quizzes once, but there are over 200 total questions for those chapters). For the exams, Canvas randomly selects questions from these same banks, which means that any of the questions you saw previously could show up again, but you will also see questions that you have never seen before. As a result, studying your old quizzes is a good place to start, but this tactic alone will not fully prepare you for the multiple choice section. You need to make sure you’re reviewing your lecture notes (alongside the study guide), your assigned readings (Foner books and additional breakout readings), plus the other Canvas materials–such as the chapter outlines and flashcards.
  • EXTRA CREDIT QUESTIONS (5 @ 1 point each). These are short, fill in the blank-type questions based on lectures to see if you were paying attention.
  • You have 70 minutes to finish the exam. These are merely suggestions, but we recommend budgeting your time accordingly to make sure you have time to finish:
    • Short Essays: 20 minutes (10 minutes each)
    • Long Essay: 25 minutes
    • Multiple Choice and Extra Credit Questions: 25 minutes total

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  • The exam has a strict timer of 70 minutes. See above for recommendations about keeping track of time. Canvas automatically submits your exam when time expires (or at the deadline) and you will not be able to go back in to continue working. Make sure you begin the exam when you have 70 consecutive, uninterrupted minutes to focus on the exam with a reliable internet connection (ideally you avoid testing if there are four other people online putting demands on your network). You will not be able to stop, pause, or come back to the exam later to finish. Since the exam closes at 11:59pm, make sure you start no later than 10:00 or 10:30pm on the day it is due to have the full time (it will take a few minutes to get LockDown Browser running). If at all possible, however, take the exam much earlier than the absolute last minute in case you encounter unexpected technical issues.
  • You get one question at a time and your answer is locked once you advance to the next one. You cannot backtrack to previous questions to change or edit.
  • You are allowed TWO attempts prior to the deadline. Use your second attempt if you have technical issues that prevent you from finishing your first attempt or you want to take the exam again to try for a better score. We grade only your final attempt, so make sure it is your best effort and the one you want graded. Even if your first attempt is a better grade, the grade on your second attempt will stand. Keep in mind that using another attempt means retaking the entire exam and starting all over again with a whole new set of questions and you cannot carry over any work from your first attempt to your second.
  • If you require a third attempt because of technical issues on your first two attempts, email your GTA immediately (within 30 minutes of your problem and before the deadline), detailing what happened so they can verify (using your description and Canvas metadata). Do not wait until the last minute to send an email. Your GTA only grants ONE extra attempt per semester, so keep that in mind before requesting it. They will not allow another attempt if you email after the deadline. A third attempt is for technical issues, not a way to improve your score a third time.
  • The exam is open book and open notes, but you may NOT work with another person or share information with other students. All work submitted must be your own and NOT copied from another source. Essays that essentially rehash the book and/or other source (like the web) with similar structure or wording will earn an automatic zero due to plagiarism (on that question for minor offenses, or on the entire exam for major offenses). While you are welcome to look things up during the exam in order to quickly check a fact or remind yourself of something, remember the strict time limit. You must prepare and study ahead of time and you will not have time to look up everything during the exam. Our expectations of the quality of your work, including level of detail and accuracy, goes up because you are allowed to look things up and we are less tolerant of overly vague and brief responses or ones riddled with factual errors.
  • Essays are not graded for how well you write them (so we are not grading your spelling, grammar, thesis statements, or anything like that). We are only concerned with what you can show you have learned. Essays must be in complete sentences and in some narrative form (no lists, bullets, or notes), but we know this is a timed, high stress exam when you do not have time to edit. You are welcome to use scratch paper to outline any essay before you type your official answer in the text box.

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