This is an open-book and open-notes examination, designed to be completed in 110 minutes, although you have an additional 30 minute grace period for on-time completion. **To ensure that technological problems do not get in the way of your midterm, I strongly recommend that you cut/paste the below questions into a Word document and then enter your answers into the same document, saving frequently. Then upload the document here not later than 5:50PM for timely submission.**
As a guideline, the estimated time to be spent on each question or section are 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 for the essays, but your total word count on all three essays combined should be between 900-1400 words, with each of the five ID questions being 1-2 sentences long at the most.
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).
1. ESSAY -- PRESIDENTIAL POWER (5 points, 300-450 words, est. 30 min)
What was the original purpose of the American presidency and how did the powers and responsibilities change between 1789 and the early Cold War period (1950s-early 60s)? What were some key turning points and catalysts for expansions of presidential power? Write an essay addressing these questions, using examples from lectures and readings to present your evidence and argument.
2. ESSAY -- PARTISANSHIP AND POLITICAL CULTURE (5 points, 300-450 words, est. 30 min)
What are some examples of moments of extreme partisanship and political division in American history, and how were they overcome? Write an essay using examples from lectures and readings to present your evidence and argument.
3. ESSAY -- THE PRESIDENT AND THE MEDIA (5 points, 300-450 words, est. 30 min)
Drawing examples from lectures and readings, discuss how mass communication (print journalism, photojournalism, radio, film, television) shaped public perceptions of politics and the Presidency between the 1790s and 1950s/early 60s.
4. SHORT IDENTIFICATIONS (5 points, est. 20 min)
CHOOSE FIVE of the following people and events and write 1-2 sentences on each that identifies who/what/when and why they are important. If you identify, but do not state its importance, you will get zero points for the answer. ONLY CHOOSE FIVE!
4a. Alien and Sedition Acts
4b. Rachel Jackson
4c. Horace Greeley
4d. The Morrill Act of 1862
4e. "Ma, ma, where's my pa?"
4f. Eugene Debs
4g. Rep. Albert Johnson (R-WA)