History 243 – Foundations of the United States
Sections 301 – I & J
Midterm Study Guide
This study guide should provide you with all of the necessary information to study and do well on the mid-term examination. Students will be required to bring their own blue book in which to write their answers.
The midterm will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.
The exam will be broken into two parts: term identification and short answer questions.
Part One – Term Identification (15 points)
Students will be given between ten and fifteen terms drawn from the lectures, of which they will be asked to identify only THREE. Again, students are to select only THREE TERMS to identify. Any terms identified beyond that will be ignored. Each identified term will be worth up to five points, for a total of fifteen points on this part of the exam.
In indentifying terms students are expected to explain WHO or WHAT the term is, WHEN the term took place historically, WHERE the term fits geographical, and, most importantly, give the Historical Significance of the term. When describing the WHEN of a term, a student is not required to always give an exact date – centuries (such as 1600s, 1700s, etc.) or over all time periods (the Medieval Warm Period, the American Revolution, etc.) are acceptable. Any answer that does not cover all of these points will lose points.
List of possible terms on the test is provided below.
Part Two – Short Answer (10 points)
Students will be given between five and ten short answer questions, of which they will be asked to answer TWO. Again, students are only to answer TWO questions. Any questions answered beyond that will be ignored. Each question answered will be worth up to five points, for a total of ten points on this part of the exam.
Answers are expected to be between two to three paragraphs and answer all aspects of the question. Any answer that is either too short or fails to cover every aspect of the question will lose points.
“Holy Trinity of Native Crops” (maize, squash, beans)
The Black Death
Treaty of Tordesillas
“The Columbia Exchange”
“The Black Legend”
“City on the Hill”
“The Great Migration”
Slavery in Africa
The Slave Trade & The Middle Passage
The gang system
The task system
The Netherlands (Dutch Empire)
The Stono Rebellion
Seven Years War (French & Indian War)
The Peace of Paris
Sons of Liberty
Committees of Correspondence
Tea Act & Coercive Act