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Peoples and Cultures of Europe

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Saturday, 25 October 2014, 12:33 (12:33 PM) CDT, day 298 of 2014

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Peoples and Cultures of Europe
Midterm Exam



The Midterm Exam will be in class, Day 14, Thursday, 5 March 2015, regular class time in Cina 214


REM: Bring your Laptop
Laptop
Firefox
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browser. If you do not have a Firefox browser on your laptop, download one (it's free).

The Midterm Exam Live Chat will be the night before the exam from 07:00-08:00 CST, on Wednesday, 4 March 2015. Sign in on Moodle logo. in the Week 7 Panel.

Makeup Exam Information

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General Information

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Sample Midsemester Exam Format

Check your grade in your Moodle logo. Gradebook

Use "The Curve" to figure out your letter grade

     ~ "The Strike Zone"

     ~ Information on Standard Deviation (sometimes useful for interpreting your grade)

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How long should your answers be?

Answer: About the same length as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

The question of length is a good one. It's also a difficult one to answer as it depends on the question itself, your style of writing, the detail which you give to your examples, and—since this is an open-book exam where you basically could prepare questions in advance and then cut and paste from other sources (with proper credit given to those sources)—a good answer can vary quite a bit in length.

At a minimum you should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (sometimes also known as introduction, body, conclusion).

You should also be sure to answer the question(s) asked, and if there are two, three or more parts to a question, be sure to answer all of them.

Be sure to give examples when you make a statement.

I think it is a good thing to have a look at the OWL's advice before every exam:

Writing Essays for Exams
 OWL logo--Online Writing Lab, Purdue University

To use their recommendations, a well focused, well organized, well supported, well packaged essay answer could be done (for most of the questions) in the equivalent of about a page and a half to two "normal" pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins, #11 or #12 font)—which is about 375-500 words.

How long was the Gettysburg Address?

263 or 268 or 270 words depending on which printed version you check

A standard "letter size" 8-1/2 X 11 sheet of paper has about 255 words, with a size 12 font

So your answer should be about one page long, two if you use the Owl's recommendations

 

Useful Information

Writing Essays for Exams
OWL logo--Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
UMD Study Strategies
Test Taking Strategies
Learning Styles

Listening Skills
Notetaking
Special Facilities / Arrangements
Text Assignments Summary
Basic Information About the Texts
Extra Help


  A = 93.0-100+%   A- = 90.0-92.9%
"The Curve"

The actual numbers used to determine final grades may differ slightly (in your favor) because adjustments may be made after we go over the exams in class.
B+ = 87.0-89.9%     B = 83.0-86.9%     B- = 80.0-82.9%
C+ = 77.0-79.9% C = 73.0-76.9%   C- = 70.0-72.9%
D+ = 67.0-69.9% D = 60.0-66.9%   F   = below 59.9%


General Information

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Midterm Exam Format

  • The Midterm Exam will be in class, Day 14, Thursday, 5 March 2015, regular class time in Cina 214


    REM: Bring your Laptop
    Laptop
    Firefox
    Moodle Exams (and everything else on Moodle) works best with a Firefox

    browser. If you do not have a Firefox browser on your laptop, download one (it's free).
    ,
    and will cover materials up to and including Week 02 Day 06

    • This includes the lecture materials, in-class videos, e-mails, the basic introductory materials of the texts, and the text and class materials on the following countries:

    • This is an open-book exam

      • You may bring and use your texts, dictionary, thesaurus, a writing handbook, class handouts, notes, outlines, drafts, and memos

      • You may also use references and materials from your other classes, with the caveat, of course, that you properly cite any sources you use

      • You may bring and use your laptop

        • the exam will be available in your Moodle logo. folder.
        • but you must upload your exam to your Moodle logo. folder at the end of the exam period
        • REM: Be sure to have your batteries charged

        • Please be prepared to upload the entire exam as one file

        • NOTE: It does not work simply to type in the .rtf extension on an existing .wps file. You must load the original document and then resave it as a .rtf file type
    • You will have four (4) questions randomly selected from a pool of questions.

      • In a nutshell, the exam will consist of four questions drawn at random by “James” Moodle from a pool of questions generated from the questions you have submitted to the Midterm wiki, plus one or more that I have added (also included in the wiki).

      • Use the list of questions you generated in the Midterm wiki as study questions. Be sure to note the notes added, the ones which comment on the submitted questions.

    • up to 400 points (up to 100 points each)

    • It is recommended (and best) to use the list of questions you generated in the Midterm wiki as study questions.

      • If you woule like to see archived past questions, have a look at the Sample Midterm Exam questions below

Useful Information

Writing Essays for Exams
OWL logo--Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
UMD Study Strategies
Test Taking Strategies
Learning Styles

Listening Skills
Notetaking
Special Facilities / Arrangements
Text Assignments Summary
Basic Information About the Texts
Extra Help

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Sample Exam Format

Anthropology: Peoples and Cultures of Europe


Midterm Exam

25 October 2014

Answer the FOUR (4) questions provided by "James" Moodle. Keep in mind that there is more than one approach you can take in answering these questions. Follow these guidelines:

  • Organize your answer before you begin.

  • Where appropriate, be sure to state:
    • What or who something is
    • Where it occurred or is located
    • Why it is important
    • When it occurred
    • How it happened or how it works

  • State YOUR position or approach clearly.

  • Cite specific examples or references to support your statements.

  • Mention problem areas or other relevant materials which you would like to consider further in a more thorough statement. That is, when you're finished with your answer, what major questions are still left unanswered?

  • Summarize your argument or discussion

  • Where appropriate use materials from more than one region of the world

  • Remember that your responses should have a beginning, a middle, and an end

  • Do not discuss any topic or country at length in more than one question

  • For the questions so indicated, do not write on any country for which you were one of the presenters

Questions are worth up to 100 points each


It is recommended (and best) to use the list of questions you generated in the Midterm wiki as study questions.

  1. There may be one or more questions which were submitted to the Forum.

    NOTE: What is being illustrated here are the kinds of questions, and for that reason there are several listed, including examples from what seems to be the same material. On the actual exam itself there will be a limited selection from any one area. For example, while there may be several questions here both about Kypseli and about Vasilika, on the exam there will likely appear only one question on either of those topic [possibly two, if you include the comparative / contrast question(s)--see below].

    From the CE forum:

    "What are some of the reasons that the Basques have been able to maintain their culture, language, and laws throughout history and today when the rest of the Iberian peninsula cultures have been conquered by numerous outside forces?"

     

    From the CE forum:

    List three examples of ways men and women in Kypseli are divided and explain the cultural reason(s) for this division for each example.

    REM: If you elect to also answer Question N, do not repeat significant parts of that question here.

     

    From the CE forum:

    "How does the story of Nan give people a good understanding of the Irish culture? What is missing in the story that would help someone have a better grasp of what it is like to be Irish?"

     

    From the CE forum:

    "The book Nan tells us that traveling Irish families did not see receiving clothing and food from townspeople as a handout; rather, travelers had an integral role in Irish society, and any "handouts" were viewed as rightful payment. Do you agree or disagree? How does/not the author describe the role of traveling families in overall Irish culture?"

     

    From the CE forum:

    "How is the idea of romantic love a European invention? How has it affected other cultures?

    Note: If you are answering this question be extra careful in avoiding generalities. You must back up your discussion points with specific examples. Generalizations about romantic love will generally not be acceptable."

     

  2. Compare and contrast . . .

    This kind of question would generally be something like:

    "Compare and contrast Susannah Hoffman's film Kypseli with Susan Parman's Europe in the Anthropological Imagination, Ch. 2, “Europe through the Back Door: Doing Anthropology in Greece,” and Ch. 3, “Bringing the ‘Other' to the ‘Self': Kypseli -- The Place and the Film.”

    Or...

    For example, an obvious kind of question would be to ask you to compare and contrast something like the life of Nan with the lives of the Greek women in Kypseli, Vasilika, and/or the Greek Cypriot village featured in Life chances: Four Families in a Changing Cypriot Village

     

  3. In Chapter N of [one of the texts], "[name of the chapter]," talks about X. Pick one or two other countries or cultures and describe how X pertains to them.

  4. In [one of the texts or chapters or articles or videos] [x, the name of the author(s)] talk(s) a lot about what s/he calls "A" and "B." Describe the importance of "A" adn "B" to studies of XYZ.

  5. Discuss X of the Y people (or culture) as discussed in [one of the texts or chapters or articles or videos].

  6. It has been said that X can be understood in terms of Y. Discuss X and Y and indicate what you think the relevance of these might be to modern-day anthropological studies of Europe.

  7. [The name of one or more authors] use(s) the word / term "X." Discuss the concept of "X" as [the author(s)] use(s) it in ABC. Be sure to include examples in your discussion.

  8. In class, during the first part of the semester, we spent a lot of time discussing X. Why did we spend so much time on that?


  9. Current Affairs [if there is an appropriate subect in the news the week of or before the exam]:

    In the newspaper this week there was an article on X.
    The following quote summarizes the authors' position:

[quote will be inserted here or an entire news article will be attached].

How would you interpret X from the point of view of what you learned in class so far this semester?

  1. [One of the texts or chapters or articles or videos] is called X . . . . Discuss the significance of [that title or section of the book or video] to anthropological studies of Europe.

  2. Relate the study of any one nation or major topic so far considered in your Peoples and Cultures of Europe class with what you are studying in one of your other classes.

  3. Atake-home question will be in the wiki pool

      NOTE: Essentially you must make up ONE question.

      Your optional take-home question must be related to the materials covered in this exam. For the midterm exam do not write an exam question about a topic scheduled for later in the semester. For the final exam do not write an exam question about a topic covered earlier in the semester unless it is part of a comparative over-all question about the semester.

      If you have submitted an Extra Credit report or paper, your optional question must be on a topic other than that of your Extra Credit project(s).

  1. Make up and answer a question of your own choice relating to a topic having to do with The People and Cultures of Europe which you have not considered in your other answers. Answers should contain specific information supporting your position. Both your question and your answer will be evaluated.
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Makeup Exams
  1. With prior consent of the instructor, you may take makeup exams at any of the times scheduled by the Sociology-Anthropology Department. These times will also be announced in class. Pick up your makeup exam in Cina 228, not the classroom.

  2. It usually takes several days for makeup exams to be returned to you

  3. Makeup Exam scores will be posted as soon as they are ready on the web on Moodle logo..

  4. Use "The Curve" to figure out your letter grade

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