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Anthropology of Europe
(fka Peoples and Cultures of Europe)

 s2020 Anthropology of Europe Calendar

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Countries, Cultures, Regions, and Territories of Europe

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see also Understanding Global Cultures

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Peoples and Cultures of Europe
Midterm Exam

When is it?

The Midterm Exam will be in class, Day 14, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 regular class time in Cina Hall 214

REM: Bring your Laptop

The Midterm Exam Live Chat will be the night before the exam from 7:00-8:00, on Monday, 2 March 2020. Sign in on Canvas in the Week 8 Panel.

What will be covered?

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

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


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?


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 . . .

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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.


    • All videos through the end of Week 7

      • List of Videos


Slide Materials


Check your grade in yourCanvasGradebook

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



Useful Information

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

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


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 Canvas.

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

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