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Peoples and Cultures of Europe
Midterm Exam




When is it?


The Midterm Exam will be available Week 7, from 12:01 Monday, 21 February 2022 to 11:59 p.m. (10:00 p.m. starting time), Saturday, 26 February 2022
NOTE: There will be at least one question in the pool from each of the assigned videos from Weeks 1-7, so be sure not to miss watching them.
Video Listings: <https://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/anth3635/cevideo_schedule.html#week01>


The LIVE CHAT for the Midterm Exam will be the night before the exam opens, Tuesday, 22 February 2022, from 7:00-8:00.



What will be covered?

The midterm exam will be on all class materials up to and including the end of Week 7

Will I be able to see all of the questions at once?

Yes.

In this class you can see all of the questions at one time. With the Canvas system exams can be set so that you can only see one question at a time, so it is a good idea to check.

Will I be able to return to a question during the exam?

Yes.

In this class you can actually move back and forth among questions, if you want to. With the Canvas system exams can be set so that you can move around from question to question, or not, so it is a good idea to check.

Whenever you move—to the next question, or back and forth among the questions—be sure to save your work before leaving the question you are on.




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:

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

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

 


REM: Be Sure to Discuss items . . .

When an essay question asks you to discuss one or more items or features, that first of all does not mean to simply listing things.

It is OK to begin your answer essentially with a list of what you intend to discuss, but listing is only the beginning.

There are many ways to discuss an item or feature. Some time-honored recommended strategies include using/following . . . :

    The Journalist's Questions
 
  • Who
 
(descriptive)
 
 
  • What
 
(descriptive)
 
 
  • When
 
(descriptive)
 
 
  • Where
 
(descriptive)
 
     
 
  • How
 
(analytic)
 
 
  • Why
 
(analytic)
 
 


And you can do this for more than one subtopic

For example, you could have one set of "Journalist's Questions" for women's reality and a separate set for men's reality

And you could have still another for widows, etc., . . .


  • Time Sequence
    T1 ---> T2 ---> T3 ---> T4 ---> . . .

    (In this case T1, etc., can equal scenes in the video, for example)


  • Space Sequence

    S1 ---> S2 ---> S3 ---> S4 ---> . . .

    (In this case S1, etc., could equal the spacial scenes in the video)

    (In other cases -- but not so easy to do with the information provided in this film -- with S1, etc., you could describe situations East to West, for example)


  • N number of items

    "Ten itms define the importance of. . . .

    First, . . . .
    Second, . . . ."
    Third, . . . ."
    Finally, . . . ."

  • Most Important ---> Least Important:

    "The most important partition of . . . between Kypseli men and women is. . . ."

    "Next in importance to the men is . . . while women. . . ."

    "The least important to the men in Kypseli is . . . while women. . . ."

  • Comparison / Contrast

    Note how things are the same and how they are different. In the Kypseli case, a logical comparison / contrast would be with / between "The Divided Reality" of the women's world and the men's world.

     
    Women
     
    Men
    Item # 1
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different
    Item # 2
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different
    Item # 3
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different
    Item # 4
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different
    Item # N
    similar
    different
     
    similar
    different

     

    • Emic (the "insider's" view) / Etic (the "outsider's" view)

    • Ethnography (description) / Ethnology (analysis)

Be sure to 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:

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





How many questions will there be?

Your exam will have four questions. They will be selected from the questions that appear on the annotated Midterm Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page.

Canvas 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 on the annotated Midterm Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page be included?

No.

Not all of the questions on the annotated Midterm Exam Canvas Discussion Study 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).


What are the "Current Affairs" Questions Like?

Your exam will have one or more "current affairs" questions, that basically ask(s) you to apply what you have learned so far in the Anthropology of Food class.

Sample Current Affairs Question from s2015 Midterm Exam

If you get a current affairs question, think about answering it in therms of what was covered in the "Orientation and Background" section of the course . . .

COURSE STRUCTURE
 
ANTH 3635 Peoples and Cultures of Europe
consists of three main segments:

 
I  Orientation and Background  
  Introduction  
  Basic Concepts  
  History  
  Theory  
  Methods and Techniques  
     
II  Explorations  
  Comparative / Cross-Cultural  
  Holistic (holism slides.pptx)  
  Ethnographic Case Studies from the Real World: Real People . . . Real Places from Around Europe  
III  Student Presentations on Term Research Project  


The Course in a Nutshell

COURSE CONTENT
primarily comes from the following sources . . .

   
  • MAIN MEMO FOR THE WEEK . . .
  •    
  • IN-THE-NEWS. . .
  •    
  • VIDEO EXPLORATIONS. . .
  •    
  • SLIDE PRESENTATIONS. . .
  •    
  • READINGS FOR THE WEEK. . .
  •    
  • OTHER ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION . . .
  •    
  • MIDTERM AND FINAL EXAMS . . .
  •    
  • RESEARCH PROJECT INFORMATION. . . on a topic of your choice related to the course
  •    
  • DISCUSSIONS . . . including your personal experiences
  •    
  • (optional) EXTRA CREDIT. . . on a topic of your choice related to the course
  •    
  • OTHER (optional) . . .
  • Course Structure
       

    PLEASE NOTE:

    Both the Midterm Exam and Final Exam are open-book/open-notes essay exams.

    So there should be very little work and effort spent on memorizing facts, other than, perhaps, where to go to find the information you are looking for.

    More Information on Exams: Midterm/ Final


    Other words of advice?

    If I were preparing for the exam (an open-book/open notes exam) I would focus on the questions on the annotated Midterm Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page, 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.

    Videos

    Slide Materials


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    General Information on Grading in The Peoples and Cultures of Europe


    Use "The Curve" to figure out your letter grade


      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%


         ~ "The Strike Zone"

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

    Criteria for Grading College Papers

    Academic Policies

    Incompletes

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    Makeup Exams
    1. Please e-mail troufs@d.umn.edu 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 on the web on Canvas.

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


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