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ANTH 3888: Calendar s2020


 Anthropology of Food

to Sweet Treats around the World

Friday, 21 February 2020, 20:25 (08:25 PM) CST, day 052 of 2020
BBC Food
Wikipedia: Food | Food and drink | Food culture | Food history | Food Portal |
Wikipedia Categories: Food and Drink | History of Food and Drink | Historical Foods |
World Clock Cf.: Food Production and Animal Slaughter

Food and Drug Administration Wire
OWL logo, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University.
Sicilian ice-cream in a bread bun. A good solution to a local problem: the Mediterranean heat quickly melts the ice-cream, which is absorbed by the bread.
"Palermo, Sicily
A Fistful of Rice.
A Fistfull of Rice
Claire Kathleen Roufs eating first food at 5 months.
Claire Kathleen Roufs
Eating rat.
"Eating Rat At
The New Year
National Geographic
Desert People, boy eating "grub worm"
Desert People

Final Exam

When is it?

f2019 The LIVE CHAT for the Anthropology of Food Final Exam will be Sunday, 8 December 2019, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Sign in on Canvas.

f2019 The Anthropology of Food Final Exam is scheduled for Final Exam Week, week of 9-13 December 2019

When is it?

f2019 The LIVE CHAT for the Anthropology of Food Final Exam will be Sunday, 8 December 2019, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Sign in on Canvas.

f2019 The Anthropology of Food Final Exam is scheduled for Final Exam Week, week of 9-13 December 2019

What will be covered?

The Final Exam will be on all class materials from the Midterm Exam (Week 6) to the end of the Semester (Week 15)

This includes . . .

Eating Culture

Part Three: Cooking
Ch. 5 Recipes and Dishes
Part Four: Eating
Ch. 6

Eating-In: Commensality and Gastro-politics

Ch. 7 Eating-Out: Eating-Out and Gastronomy
Part Five: Digesting
Ch. 8

Gastro-anomie: Global Indigestion?

Ch. 9 Local Digestion: Making the Global at Home

"Epilogue: Leftovers to Takeaway"


 Eating Culture


Omnivore's Dilemma

    • "Introduction: our national eating disorder"
    • Ch. 1 "The plant: corn's conquest"
    • Ch. 2 "The farm"
    • Ch. 3 "The elevator"
    • Ch. 4 "The feedlot: making meat"
    • Ch. 5 "The processing plant : making complex foods"
    • Ch. 6 "The consumer: a republic of fat"
    • Ch. 7 "The meal: fast food"
    • Ch. 8 "All flesh is grass"
    • Ch. 9 "Big Organic"
    • Ch. 10 "Grass: thirteen ways of looking at a pasture"
    • Ch. 11 "The animals: practicing complexity"
    • Ch. 12 "Slaughter: in a glass abattoir"
    • Ch. 13 "The market: 'greetings from non-barcode people'"
    • Ch. 14 "The meal: grass-fed"
    • Ch. 15 "The forager"
    • Ch. 16 "The omnivore's dilemma"
    • Ch. 17 "The ethics of eating animals"
    • Ch. 18 "Hunting: the meat"
    • Ch. 19 "Gathering: the fungi"
    • Ch. 20 "The perfect meal"

 Omnivore's Dilemma



The Language of Food

    • "Introduction"
    • Ch. 4 "Ketchup, Cocktails, and Pirates"
    • Ch. 5 "A Toast to Toast"
    • Ch. 6 "Who Are You Calling a Turkey?"
    • Ch. 7 "Sex, Drugs, and Sushi Rolls"
    • Ch. 8 "Potato Chips and the Nature of the Self"
    • Ch. 9 "Salad, Salsa, and the Flour of Chivalry"
    • Ch. 10 "Macaroon, Macaron, Macaroni"
    • Ch. 11 "Sherbet, Fireworks, and Mint Juleps"
    • Ch. 12 "Does This Name Make Me Sound Fat? Why Ice Cream and Crackers Have Different Names"
    • Ch. 13 "Why the Chinese Don't Have Dessert"
    • "Epilogue"

The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky




Slide Materials

How long should your answers be?

Answer: About three-fourths 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 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 Final Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page be included?


Not all of the questions on the annotated Final 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 submitted were better questions for the Midterm Exam.  If in my annotations it says something like, "this would have been better question for the Midterm Exam" that means that it will not be in the question pool for the Final Exam. 

Other Words of Advice?

If I were preparing for the exam (an open-book/open notes exam) I would focus on the the questions on the annotated Final Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page, paying special attention to the annotations.

I would also read over the Weekly Memos

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


    • All videos with emphasis on those since the end of Week 5


Slide Materials

Makeup Exam Information



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

Study Skills Tip Sheets & Advice -- Emory University

General Information

Final Exam

Check your grade in your Canvas Gradebook

Sample Exam Format

Use "The Curve" to figure out your letter grade

     ~ "The Strike Zone"

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

Criteria for Grading College Papers

Academic Integrity Policies



Misc. General Information

  • s2020 The Anthropology of Food Final Exam is scheduled for Final Exam Week, week of 4-8 May 2020

    • su2015 The Live Chat for the on-line Anthropology of Food Final Exam will be Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Sign in on Canvas in the Week 15 Panel.

  • f2019 The Anthropology of Food Final Exam is scheduled for Final Exam Week, week of 9-13 December 2019

    • f2019 The LIVE CHAT for the Anthropology of Food Final Exam will be Sunday, 8 December 2019, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Sign in on Canvas.

      [As with the Midterm Exam there will be 4 questions randomly generated from a pool of questions made up of the questions from the annotated Final Exam Canvas Discussion Study Page for up to 400 points]

  • Once you begin you exam you will have two and one-half hours to complete it



  • The Final will be an open-book essay exam

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

    • You may bring and use your texts, dictionary, thesaurus, a writing handbook, class handouts, notes, outlines, drafts, memos, a laptop, and a Ouija board. You may also use references and materials from your other classes and the web, with the caveat, of course, that you properly cite any sources you use.

    • F2F folks may bring and use your laptop

      • but you must upload your exam to your Canvas folder at the end of the exam period


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)

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 Canvas Gradebook

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


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