I. Identifications (20 points, 8 of the 25 terms below will appear on the final examination)
|Code of Hammurabi||Maat||helots||Srivijaya|
|Byblos||Tang Taizong||Rig Veda||Etruscans|
|Admonitions for Women||Hyksos||Legalism||Berbers|
|Sadducees||Umma||Delian League||Ibn Battuta|
General Instructions: Remember, the main goals here are three in number: 1) make sure you identify and then utilize at least one of the primary sources we’ve covered in class in at least one of your essays (which means in your preparation identifying those sources that would be appropriate); 2) make certain that you develop an argument or overall point that you want to make for each of the three questions and 3) make sure that you support each of the points you make in the essay with some kind of evidence, whether from the primary source(s) you choose or from another source (like lecture or the textbook). When I grade the essays, I will be measuring performance based on the above three goals in addition to the particular requirements of each question.
A. Synthetic/Comparative Essay (40 points)
As you all should know by now, one of the essays on the final examination will be on a topic of your choosing. For those who do not yet know, the themes from which you have to choose are as follows: 1) Urban & Rural Society 2) Church/Established Religion 3) Heresy/Unorthodox Religion 4) Gender and Sexual Relations. Having chosen your theme, you need to be able to write an essay by the date of the final examination that does the following things. First, it must be comparative, i.e. explore your chosen topic across different cultures. One of the cultures must be post-classical Europe, 1100-1400. Then you must choose one classical and one ancient culture. I will allow you freedom to choose the society with which you are most comfortable. Second, the essay must identify the major developments and/or events (which means not everything is of major importance!) for each society that pertain to your chosen topic. Third, the essay must clearly divide those developments and/or events that are common or similar in each era as regards to your topic from those things that are unique to each society as regards your topic. Fourth, the essay must present an original thesis that identifies an overall pattern of change for the developments and events you examine. Let us say, for example, that your topic was the role of intellectuals from 3000 B.C.E.-1400 C.E. Well, a possible thesis here might run as follows (and do not use this thesis in your essay!): Because religion has always dealt with the way people cope with the world around them, the first intellectuals in most societies were priests. As the understanding of the world became an end in itself, however, a tension arose between those who remained priests and those who took on other tasks, such as running government bureaucracies. Different societies coped with this tension in different ways, but it was always present in the pre-modern era. Please be certain that each of the four requirements listed above is met as I don’t want to grade people down for not following directions!
B. Analytical/Interpretive Essay (40 points, I will choose one of the three essay topics below)
III. Conditions For Taking the Final Examination.
I have adopted the policy below for the final examination as an insurance policy for everyone. I want everyone to have the same chance as everyone else on the final examination.