Midterm Exam

Here is a timeline for all of the material we covered during the first half of the semester. Pay attention to how things interact once they’re all put together.

Pay particular attention to the rules about your citations/index card for the Essay.

Format of your Exam

Part I

In this part, you will answer detailed questions (multiple choice and short answer) about two of five topics. The topics are: Classical Greece, The Roman Republic and Empire, The Monotheistic Religions, The Middle Ages and The Renaissance.

To prepare for these questions, you should choose the topics that interest you most (I’d suggest preparing THREE, not two) of these, and then doing all of the reading, including from the textbook, that is associated with the topic. Use the pages listed here, the source book, and any readings we did on class to help you prepare. (All pages are for the second edition of the textbook; if you have an earlier edition it is your responsibility to find out what are the equivalent sections).

Readings you will likely draw from can be found at the following pages:

Classical Greece:

Roman Republic/Empire

  • Readings from the Roman Republic or Empire can be found in your sources textbook and include The Rape of Lucretia
  • McKay text: Part of Chapter 5 and 6: 118-130;146-164

The Rise of Christianity and Islam

  • Readings from The Rise of Christianity include The Sermon on the Mount, Paul’s Letters, and St. Augustine, all in your sources book.
  • On Christianity: 165-169; 176-188; the Papal Reforms, 255 – 258
  • On Islam: 212 – 218

On the Middle Ages

  • Readings from the Middle Ages are here
  • The Barbarian migrations 189-198
  • On Charlemagne, the Vikings, and Slavery 220-236

On the Renaissance

  • Read Erasmus and Macchiavelli in the Sources textbook
  • Read Chapter 12: European Society in the Age of Renaissance, 342 – 372

Part II – Essay

The essay question for the midterm is the following:

Write a 300-400 word essay that discusses two of the readings we’ve done this semester. Compare the way two authors from different periods write about sexuality, love or death. Choose only one of those topics. Be sure to bring in two writers from different eras.

Each paragraph in the essay should have a topic and conclusion sentence and should use concrete evidence taken from the text or documents we read. Citations and/or paraphrases from the primary sources we read will prove your essay. Your introduction and conclusion paragraphs won’t have quotations.

For the Essay:

You can bring in a small card with quotations that you will use in your essay to prove your points. I will provide the card you may use in the class before our exam. You will hand in the card with your exam.

  1. Write on one side of the card only.
  2. You may not have anything written on the card except for quotes (i.e. no notes from you about what the quote means or about the identify of the author apart from what appears in the in-text citation (Last Name #).
  3. You may ONLY use citations from texts I have assigned. That is: you may use readings we’ve read in class, readings that appear here on the website, and the textbook. Citations taken from other sources are forbidden. Citations from external sources will be penalized. 

“When we are not sure, we are alive.” –Graham Greene

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