MIDTERM—QUESTIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BY 11:59PM FRIDAY
This is an open-book and open-notes examination, designed to be completed in 110 minutes or less. It tests your knowledge of both lecture content and assigned readings, and success depends on your facility in bringing the different components together in a narrative whole. You are best-served by reviewing lecture notes and readings firstand then sitting down to write the exam with your references close at hand. As a guideline, the estimated time to be spent on each question or section is indicated below. This timeframe should also allow you some time to draft and edit for style, clarity, and organization. There is no strict length requirement, but you should aim for a total word count (all three essays combined) of somewhere in the range of 1250-1750 words.
Quotation of passages from the readings should be followed by page numbers in parentheses. Lectures do not require citation.
You should not consult additional sources in preparing for this exam. (Remember that both the instructor and TA can Google and use Wikipedia to determine if answers have been obtained from online sources. We also can easily use a Google text search to detect plagiarism.) You may study with friends, but you are expected to write this exam as a solo effort and should not converse with them while producing it. You are expected to adhere to the standards of academic integrity outlined by the University of Washington Student Conduct Code (links can be found in the class syllabus)
ESSAY QUESTION ONE (10 points, est. 45 min)
What public policies, economic shifts, and cultural factors shaped the definition of American citizenship (both as a legal category and as a social idea) between the 1910s and the 1960s? Using specific examples from lectures and from readings, discuss how this changed over time, why it changed, and which people/groups crafted and/or contested definitions of citizenship.
ESSAY QUESTION TWO (10 points, est. 45 min)
What were the political, military, economic, and cultural effects of U.S. government investments in scientific research and development? Using specific examples from lectures and from readings, discuss events and their impact from the start of the Manhattan Project through the late 1960s.
ESSAY QUESTION THREE (5 points, est. 20 min)
Drawing from lectures and/or readings, discuss in detail an example of mass communication (print journalism, photojournalism, radio, film, television) being used to attempt a change in public opinion or public policy between 1910s and the 1960s. What lessons does this example have for today’s political environment?