First Year Exam

UPDATE: In Spring 2013 the CUNY Graduate Center history department changed the rules for the First Year Exam and made these study guides somewhat outdated. I have decided, however, to keep this up here in case it remains of use to someone.

In order to help CUNY history grad students who are zealously studying for the First Year Exam, I have decided to compile all of my posts/essays on the assigned readings, for the 2010-2011 exam. I have also decided to post my correct and failing answers, for reference for future students. I am also posting them entirely unedited – so that future students can take solace how slapdash even passing answers are.

Hopefully this will prove helpful to someone.

The following will be broken up into two parts. The first part will link to my answers – both my three correct ones and my first failing 20th century answer. The second part will link to all my book reviews and is broken into three sections – Colonial, 19th Century, and 20th Century (conveniently this covers the three exam questions!) – and each of these sections will be broken up into three subsections – required readings, recommended readings, and extra resources. I will not be covering every book, just those that I’ve written about during some point of my graduate career.

[A brief note on these essays. They are of variable quality. Some of them are good, some not so good but I do think that they will be helpful to anyone hoping to study for the exam. You are welcome to disagree. All of them were written as fast as possible, as part of studying, and thus likely contain more than my usual number of grammatical and proof-reading mistakes. Apologies.]

EXAM ANSWERS
Passing Answers

Failing Answer

COLONIAL PERIOD
Required Readings

Recommended Readings
Extra Resources
19th Century
Required Readings

Recommended Readings

Extra Resources
20th Century
Required Readings

Recommended Readings

Extra Resources

Please check back periodically for updates!

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