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Understanding Global Cultures

 Summer 2020

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Midsemester Exam

When is it?

The GC Midterm Exam Live Chat will be from 07:00-08:00 CST, on Sunday, 5 July 2020. Sign in on .

ss2020 Understanding Global Cultures Midterm Exam will be available Week 5, 6-10 July 2020. (up to 400 points)

What will be covered?

The midterm exam will be on all class materials up to and including
the end of Week 6

This includes . . .

    • This includes the lecture materials, in-class videos, E-mails, the GCforum, the basic introductory materials of the texts, and the text and class materials

 Understanding Global Cultures

Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys Through 34 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and Diversity, Sixth Edition
(Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2015)

Preface: Understanding Cultures in Depth
Chapter 1: Understanding Cultural Metaphors
Chapter 2: The Thai Kingdom
Chapter 3: The Japanese Garden
Chapter 4: Bedouin Jewelry and Saudi Arabia
Chapter 5. Dòn Gánh: The Two Sides of Vietnam
Chapter 6: Kimchi and Korea
Chapter 7: The Swedish Stuga
Chapter 8: The Finnish Sauna
Chapter 9: The Danish Christmas Luncheon
Chapter 10: The German Symphony
Chapter 11: Irish Conversations
Chapter 12: The Canadian Backpack and Flag
Chapter 13. Australian Outdoor Recreational Activities
Chapter 14: French Wine
Chapter 15: American Football
Chapter 16: The Traditional British House




Slide Materials

How long should your answers be?

Answer: About two-thirds the length of 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


How many questions will there be?

Your exam will have four questions. They will be selected from the questions that appear on the Wiki Study Questions page.

Moodle will give you four of those questions at random after you sign on to the exam.

Pay attention to the annotations as the original questions are quite often modified to make them a bit clearer, or a little easier to answer in 15 minutes (about the amount of time you will have per question), or to ask for your personal opinion and / evaluation . . .

Will all of the questions in the Wiki Study Page be included?


Not all of the questions on the Wiki Study Question page will be in the pool for the exam.  Duplicate questions, or questions that are essentially duplicate questions, will not be included; that is to say that there will be only one question in the pool on any given central topic.

Also, some questions are better questions for the Final Exam.  If in my annotations it says something like, "this would be a better question for the Final Exam" that means that it will not be in the question pool for the Midterm Exam.  (That does not mean that it will be in the pool for the Final Exam, it just means that it will not be in the Midterm Exam question pool).

Other words of advice?

If I were preparing for the exam (an open-book/open notes exam) I would focus on the Wiki Study Questions, paying special attention to the annotations.

I would also read over the Weekly Memos (in this case the Memos for Weeks 1-6). 

And I would review the text materials (see above) and the materials from the in-class videos and slides.



Slide Materials

Makeup Exams
  1. With prior consent of the instructor, you may take (a) makeup exam(s). To take the exam on-line, please e-mail to schedule a time.

  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 in your Moodle Gradebook

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

Misc. General Information

  • The Midsemester exams will be four (4) open-book essay exams selected by Moodle at random from a list of questions, most of which will be condtributed by members of the class

    • Essay exams usually provide a better learning experience and, in addition, afford practice in writing

    • This is an open-book / open-notes 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

      • Bring your laptop

        • REM: Be sure to have your batteries charged

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This course is governed by the . . .

UMD Student Academic Integrity Policy

Office of Student Behavior > UMD Student Academic Integrity Office


"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders." -- UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

and the

UMD Conduct Code:



"The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code ( Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities." -- UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

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