HIST 3630 Fall 2011
Take-Home Midterm Exam
Due Date: This test is due in class October 31.
This test covers the following lectures.
Readings: This test covers the following readings.
Structure: This is a take-home essay exam. You will chose
one of the essays listed below and will produce a 3-5 page essay (700-1100
words). 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:
- State you main ideas clearly.
- Give your essay structure. I'd suggest preparing an outline as you
- Give specific examples to back up your main ideas.
- Discuss the relationship between science and technology on the one hand,
and the needs and nature of government (or the relative lack of it). Give
concrete examples from at least two regions (for example, China and Rome) or
the same region in different time periods (for example, Europe under the
Romans and Europe in the Renaissance).
- Discuss the relationship between ideas about nature and its study and
ideas about religion. Give concrete examples from at least two regions (for
example, China and Rome) or the same region in different time periods (for
example, Europe under the Romans and Europe in the Renaissance).
- Examining the entire period and various cultures we have studied, from the
Neolithic Age to the Newtonian Age, identify two changes in thinking about
nature and technology that you regard to be of particular importance. Discuss
what those changes were, what brought them about, and what their impact was.
- Consider Kuhn and Popper's different models of
scientific change. Which one of them do you believe best fits what we have
studied so far about developments in science and/or the study of nature? Or,
do you believe neither of them does? Give concrete examples backing up your