HIST 215
Modern World History
Go Back to the Syllabus ADMN 200
MWF 1:45 PM — 2:50 PM

This page will serve as a study guide for the final exam. I will continue to add to and edit it to the final day of the semester. These are practice questions for the final exam. Something very like them (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) will appear on the final exam. If there is subject matter that you think should be included, or a kind of essay question you'd like to see on the final, you should propose it on the Sakai discussion site where we can discuss it together, and I will take all such suggestions under advisement.

For all of the following questions, make sure that any generalizations you make are accompanied by specific evidence: people, places, events.
Primary Sources
In your answers to any of the essay questions above you will score BIG points if you can adduce evidence from the primary sources we have read. To prepare for the exam I recommend that you go back over the schedule of lectures and readings, re-familiarize yourself with the sources we have read, and note which ones might be relevant to the questions above, and how.

Similarly, the events and people that we have put on our timeline can serve as evidence for any arguments you might make in response to the essay questions. Go through those events, familiarize yourself with their details, and assign each to one or more of the essay questions above.

These essay questions invite historical arguments. For such arguments you need ammunition, the primary sources and the elements of the timeline can be your ammunition, your evidence.

Albert Memmi The Colonizer and the Colonized

These are some questions I'd like you to consider while you read Memmi's book. Other questions may occur to you that would help to illuminate the book. You should post these on the Sakai discussion site where we can discuss them together, or take them up in class.

Note that if questions like these are posed in the final exam, you will need to provide some relevant historical context for your answer: ninteenth century colonialism in general, French colonialism in particular, the Tunesian and Algerian situation peculiar to Memmi's analysis, or the historical background that is relevant to any examples you may discuss.

Map Section
Be sure that you can identify the following places, regions, on a map. I will choose some subset of these for the final exam.
  • Tigris River
  • Indus River
  • Nile
  • Danube
  • Rhine
  • St. Lawrence River
  • the Alps
  • the Pyrenees
  • the Atlas mountains
  • the Ural mountains
  • the Zagros mountains
  • trade winds
  • Amazon river
  • Karakorum
  • Indonesia
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Yellow River
  • Mekong river
  • Istanbul
  • Mecca
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Japan
  • Isthmus of Panama
  • monsoonal winds
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Baltic Sea
  • Black Sea
  • Indian Ocean
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Red Sea
  • Persian Gulf
  • Mexico City
  • Hudson Bay
  • the Balkans
  • Andes mountains
  • westerly winds

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