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Exam II - Fall 2001
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THIS IS A TAKE-HOME EXAM! - The two essays for the exam are due at the start of class,
Thursday, November 15.
TOPIC AREAS: This exam will cover everything from Independence to the
end of the Lazaro Cardenas era (1946). (Cardenas's presidency ended in 1940 -
however, he remained powerful through the Camacho administration of
BOOK CHAPTERS: These topics are covered in chapters 14-40.
LECTURE NOTES: The lectures covered include:
STRUCTURE OF THE EXAM: The exam will have two essays. The required
essay (Part I) will be worth 65%, the essay you choose from Part II will be
Part I - Required Essay Question:
Everyone must do this question. 65 points.
- Doing the Essay Questions: In doing an essay, there are certain things you should remember.
A good essay will first of all answer the question. Make sure you do address all parts of the question.
A good essay is both specific and general: specific in its examples, general in its use of major themes.
Finally, a good essay has a definite structure: an introduction, a body with an organization and argument, and a conclusion.
So, in doing your essay, you should:
- 1) State you main ideas clearly.
- 2) Give your essay structure. I'd suggest preparing an outline as you study.
- 3) Give specific examples to back up your main ideas.
- Given the definition of "revolution" discussed in class (see the
lecture One Revolution, Many Revolutions), to
what extent did Mexico have a revolution in the period 1910-1946?
Part II - Choose an Essay: You must do one (1) of the following. 35
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- Why did the Mexicans lose the Mexican-American War? This is meant to be an
essay of modest length, so you do not need to go into deep detail, but only
discuss the major issues.
- How did the rule of Porfirio Diaz lead to the Mexican Revolution?
- What was the Liberal political agenda, and what was its impact on Mexico?
- What led to Mexican independence? Be sure to note the different
political/social forces involved.
- What was the impact of independence? Be sure to consider political,
economic, and social factors.