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ANTH 3888: Calendar s2020


 Anthropology of Food

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BBC Food
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World Clock Cf.: Food Production and Animal Slaughter

Food and Drug Administration Wire
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A Fistful of Rice.
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Midterm Exam

When is it?

f2019 The LIVE CHAT for the Anthropology of Food Midterm Exam will be Sunday, 29 September, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Sign in on Canvas  logo. in the Week 6 Panel.

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s2020 The Anthropology of Food Midterm Exam is scheduled for Week 6, week of 16 February 2020

What will be covered?

The midterm exam will be on all class materials up to and including the end of Week 5

This includes . . .

Eating Culture

Prologue: Setting the Anthropological Table
Ch. 1 Omnivorousness: Classifying Food
Ch. 2 Settled Ingredients: Domestic Food Production
Ch. 3 Mobile Ingredients: Roots, Routes, and Realities of Industrialized Agriculture
Ch. 4 Cooks and Kitchens
  Glossary (page through)

 Eating Culture


Omnivore's Dilemma

    • 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. 1 "How to Read a Menu"

    • Ch. 2 "Entrée"

    • Ch. 3 "From Sikbāj to Fish and Chips"

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 in the annotated Midterm Exam Canvas Discussion Study Pagebe 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 from s2016 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 . . .

In a nutshell, ANTH 3888 Anthropology of Food consists of three main segments:

  I Orientation and Background  
      Basic Concepts  
      Methods and Techniques  
  II Explorations  
      Comparative / Cross-Cultural  
      Ethnographic Case Studies from the Real World: Real People . . . Real Places from Around the Globe  
  III Student Presentations on Term Research Project


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.



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

Check your grade in yourCanvasGradebook

Sample Midsemester 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


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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)

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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