Exam Study Guides


Midterm Exam Study Guide: The midterm examination will be on Thursday, October 15th. The final examination is on Tuesday, December 9th which is our last day of class.

The Midterm on Thursday, Oct. 15th

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Below is our brief guide to the upcoming midterm examination and the preceptors will have a site of their own you can use for free:

Part A. You will be shown five images of major Greek and  Roman monuments and you will be asked to identify the work shown,  its date in years, its culture (such as Greek, Roman, American, French). You will also be asked to select one reason why the work is important for the course. You may or may not be doing this with a Scantron sheet and we will give you 5 choices to select from   Total.50 points. The slides will be taken from images on your internet website and from the book by Connolly. The internet pictures will be revised up to 2 weeks before the exam so go back and check the lecture outlines periodically. The slides will be of works discussed in depth in our class. They will include the Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon, the Agora of Athens, the Bouleterion and Tholos of Athens, an Ostrakon, a black figure and red figure vase, the Propylaea, the Pinakotheke, the Athena Parthenos, the Erectheion, the Caryatids, the Theater of Dionysus, the Roman forum, the Ara Pacis, the 4 styles of Roman painting, Dorothy Arzner, Amelia Earhart, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Pompey the Great, Mark Antony and other possible choices and most especially those highlighted in the review session in class and the review session held by Dr. Soren and by the preceptors. Please note that the preceptors for the class will offer their own review session but the most essential review session for your studies is the one held in the classroom. The preceptor session is simply the preceptors' interpretation of how they as A plus students would study for this examination. 50 points.

Part B. You will be asked to match the number of the most appropriate definition/term in the right hand column to the term on the left hand side. For example~

    -A. Pericles 1. Famous temple on the acropolis in Athens ca. 435 B.C.

    -B. Parthenon 2. Leader of the city-state of Athens in Classical Golden Age

You should match A with 2 and B with 1. This will also be done with a Scantron.

    Terms you will be responsible for are either the highlighted terms in the outlines for each lecture or those terms which we have strongly empahasized in class. There are many terms in the books but only those strongly emphasized will be selected. 30 points.

Part C.3  terms will be chosen from part B and you must define each one. You will have 7 choices from which you must define 3 giving a full definition, date or dates if relevant plus 3 strong facts. If you use a term that is distinctive in your definition or facts you must describe it in detail. 20 points.

Part D. You must write an essay on one of the following topics. Dr. Soren will select which topic you will be asked to write on. You will have two of the essays below to choose from but he will choose which two. A good essay will stress at least 10 major points. You must provide 10 major points in your essay that show your detailed knowledge of the subject matter. Simplistic answers will be marked wrong. You will not receive an actual point grade for the essay but the university requires that you PASS this essay with a grade of P or you cannot pass this course because the course is designated as a writing emphasis course. If you fail this essay you must contact one of our graduate assistants, go to their office hour and review your essay, then schedule with him or her a time to make up the exam again. You may do this up to 3 times until you pass the essay. If you fail to pass the essay the third time you will fail the class. The questions are:

     What is it like to live in ancient Athens about 440 B.C.? Give 10 significant characteristics of life there. You might include the sort of government they have, what life in the agora was like and some of the buildings you would encounter, who were your city-state's enemies, what was entertainment like,

     You are asked to discuss one important person in ancient Athens and note 10 major facts about him or her. You might have to do a little special reading to learn more about your chosen individual. Some suggestions might include Pericles, Socrates, Themistocles, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Polykleitos-- but you can choose others too and it will be your choice if this essay is used.

      In the movie Cleopatra, how did the writers/director portray Cleopatra? What kind of person was she in the movie and how does this compare with what you know of her in real life. Cite specific examples.  

     Disucss how Dorothy Arzner's films reflect ancient Greek tragedies. Cite specific examples of ancient sources.

     I will select two of these questions for the exam and you must answer it. I will not give you a choice of questions to answer. You must answer the one that is given to you but it will be from this group of questions.



Final Examination Study Guide


The final examination will be held  in our classroom.  Nobody will be admitted once the first person leaves the examination room. You may not leave the room for any reason during the exam and return later so please attend to your restroom needs beforehand.

Part A: Image Identifications- the format will follow that of the midterm where you will use a Scantron and select the correct answer from 5 possible ones. One visual image might be taken from the material you studied for the midterm examination. See also the midterm study guide above. The images will be chosen from the major works of art that we studied in class which are shown in the Connolly book. I will also draw images from lecture sections of the website. You will also be responsible for the images from the on-line reading that we emphasized in class. Such images include a Roman house, the Ara Pacis Augustae, the Forum of Augustus, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Pompeii Also included are works we studied made by architects and designers such as Giulio Romano, Borromini,  Palladio, Brunelleschi, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Adam, Frank Lloyd Wright and Albert Speer. Images of Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler, Leni Riefenstahl, Eddie Cantor, the EUR, Busby Berkeley and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This above list is not complete. The review session in class and the preceptor review sessions will feature all of the images you are required to know. 25 points.

Matching- Besides the terms for the final, a few terms from the midterm will be included and the format follows that used on the midterm. Terms will be terms emphasized in the lectures, especially in the review sessions. Scantron will be used for this. 30 points.

Definitions- Define any 3 of the above terms from a choice of 8 or 9 possible terms. A few terms may be selected from the midterm study guide.  These will all be terms that we emphasized strongly in class, especially in the review session done in class on the penultimate class. Note that information gotten in the preceptor review session is only their opinion and not necessarily what will be asked or included. For details of what actually will be included refer to the in class review session that is held the class before the final examination. 30 points.

Essay- 15 points. You will be asked to write an essay worth 15 points based on your reading of Mary Beard and John Henderson's book entitled Classical Art From Greece to Rome, which is available in paperback at the bookstore. In your essay you are asked to write about chapters 1 and 2 of this book. You may wish to read the whole book (optional) but your essay must be written in class about the book. You are asked to compare Greece and Rome in the essay and explain how exactly the world of classical Greece impacted Rome, as revealed in this book. In your essay you should stress at least some of the following ideas and you should have 10 major thoughts in your essay which show critical thinking and which indicate that you have read these sections of the book and thought about them. Below are some suggestions on how to approach reading the introduction and the first two book chapters and you should try to answer these questions and incorporate them into your essay:

What is the significace of Alexander the Great for Greeks AND Romans?

How did Alexander the Great influence Roman Pompeii? How did the people of Pompeii adapt Greek paintings? What happened to Pompeii to allow so many paintings to be preserved?

How did the Romans view Hellenistic Greek works of art i.e. those made between 300 and 30 B.C. or BCE.

Who is Pliny the Elder and why is he important?

What was the role of sex, nudity and eroticism in Pompeian art?

What are meant by the Pompeian styles of Mau?

What are some of the themes used to decorate Pompeian rooms?

Who was J. J. Winckelmann and why was he important for studying Greek and Roman art and life? What was Winckelmann trying to prove and why was he interested in a sculpture called the Laocoon?

What was the interest of Augustus' successor as emperor, Tiberius, in Greek sculpture for his cave at Sperlonga?

Why did people so want to collect ancient sculpture in the Renaissance and after and who was Charles Townley and why was he important.

How did Roman general Lucius Aemilius Paullus exemplify Rome's interest in the Greek world?

Why did the Romans order so many copies of Greek original sculptures?

You may also wish to bring in the NEXT chapter, chapter 3, which is all about the Greek and Roman attitudes to eroticism, sex and nudity. For this, we leave you on your own to interpret as it is very clear and even graphic.


     Please also note that at the back of the Beard and Henderson text are useful things for you such as

Page 242- map of the Mediterranean and the east, including the area conquered by Alexander the Great up to India.

Page 244 - Pompeii and the area around Mount Vesuvius.

Page 252 - Map of the city of Rome

                  Plan of the Roman Forum

Page 253- Plan of the Golden House of Nero

                  Plan of the Pantheon

Page 260 -Timeline of the history of Greece and Rome- key events