20th C Final Exam


Key Terms

  • Post WWII
    • Bretton Woods — IMF, World Bank, WTO
    • Truman Doctrine
    • Marshall Plan
    • The UN
    • NATO
  • The Cold War
    • The Berlin Blockade
    • The division of Germany
  • Civil Rights
    • Jim Crow laws
    • de facto
    • de jure
    • Nina Simone
    • Malcolm X
    • Martin Luther King
    • Brown vs. Board of Education
  • Feminism
    • First Wave
    • Second Wave
      • Simone de Beauvoir
      • Betty Frieden
    • Third Wave
      • bell hooks
    • Fourth Wave
  • Decolonization/Neocolonization
    • Frantz Fanon
    • India
    • Mexico
    • Canada
    • Egypt
    • Vietnam
    • Congo
  • The Arab Oil Crisis
    • The Six Day War
    • Yom Kippur Attack
    • OPEC
  • Neoliberalism


Index Card Policy:

As before, you will be permitted to bring in a one-sided index card with quotations into the exam. You may not write notes to provide context for these exams and the only way you may remind yourself of the author of these quotations is by using MLA in-text citation style. A permitted card will look like:

“Race is a fiction we must never accept,”(Jenson 14).

“Race is a fact we must never forget,” (Jenson 14).

“I sat there in terror,” (Coates 76).

The Topic

Your essay must put Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation with one of the other thinkers we’ve read this semester. By that I mean that you should identify an overlapping topic of concern for Coates and another of the thinkers we’ve read. Themes or concerns you might address could be: education, white supremacy, feminism, the black body, the female body, the American Dream. (There are others!) In terms of thinkers that Coates’ work comments on or could be put into conversation with, I’d recommend: bell hooks, Frantz Fanon, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Simone de Beauvoir.

In preparation for the exam, you should craft a thesis sentence that argues for the similarity (or contrast, if you wish) that you have discovered. We will be discussing Coates in class on our May 9/10 classes.