HIST 3200-History of Mexico
EXAM STRUCTURE: This is a take-home exam. You will write
two essays. There is one required essay that everyone must do. For the second
essay, you may choose from a list, given below.
Instructions: You must do Essay A. You must then choose one of the
essays listed under "Essay B."
Please read the essay questions and ALL of the instructions that follow it.
There is no set essay length. Essays should be of
a sufficient length to give a full response. In other words, don't turn in
a couple of hastily slapped-together pages and expect a good grade. In grading,
I will assume that you have read Brief History and the assigned readings
in the Mexico Reader, as well as The Underdogs and the Beatriz de
Padilla reading. You may use sources other than the lectures and
assigned readings if you choose, but please cite your sources (including the textbook - I
don't have it memorized.) By citation, I mean reference to page numbers and all
information I would need to be able to find the material you used - no plagiarism will be tolerated.
Due Date: This exam is due Thursday, May 3, 2007. If you wish to
e-mail it to me, please send it to
Essay A (comprehensive essay):
- YOU MUST DO THIS ESSAY. Identify three factors in Mexican history you believe have been critical in
its development. Show why they are important, explaining the impact they have
had on Mexican development. AT LEAST ONE of these factors must be from the
period after the age of Lazaro Cardenas (who was president from 1934
until 1940). Note: "Factors" can be
almost anything - people, economic issues, racial groups, wars, political
movements, religious themes, etc.
Essay B - Choose one of the following:
- To what extent can we say the Mexican Revolution was a real revolution,
based on the definition we discussed in class? See One
Revolution, Many Revolutions: Madero, Zapata, Villa, Carranza, Etc......
- Why did the Mexicans lose the Mexican-American War? You do not need to go into deep detail, but only
need to 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 was the impact of independence on Mexico? Be sure to consider political,
economic, and social factors.
- In the twentieth century, what has been the impact of Mexico's proximity to
the United States on the development of its history? This is obviously a huge
topic. Pick two to three factors to focus on, and use concrete details.
Discuss as least two significant factors that shape the life of the lower
classes in modern Mexico. While this is very open ended, you need to use
specific information as you examine that factors you have chosen.