Exam Study Guides


Midterm Exam Study Guide: The midterm examination will be on Thursday, October 11th. The final examination is on Tuesday, December 4th which is our last day of class.

The Midterm on Thursday, Oct. 11th

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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). These images will be selected from images we will post online for you. You will also be asked to select one reason why the work is important for the course. You will be doing this with a Scantron sheet and we will give you 5 choices to select from. Total: 50 points. The images will be taken from images on your internet website and from the course textbooks.  The images will be of works discussed in depth in our class. They will include such items as 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 the separate one held by the preceptors outside of class (check D2L for the time and place). Please note that  the most essential review session for your studies is the one held in the classroom before the midterm. 50 points.

Part B. Matching. 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 on 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 emphasized in class. There are many terms in the books but only those strongly emphasized will be selected. 30 points.

Part C. Definitions. 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 word that is distinctive in your definition or facts you must explain 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 essay part of the exam. 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 possible 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 one of these two. You will have a total of 70 minutes to do the entire exam so prepare your essay thoughts well in advance so you are not wasting time in the exam.

You may not leave the room for any reason during the exam and return later so please attend to your restroom needs beforehand.



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 and material from the textbook that we discussed in class. I will also draw images from lecture sections of the website. Pay special attention to the Power Point images provided for you for the final.  25 points.

Part B: 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. A scantron will be used for this. 30 points.

Part C: Definitions- Define 3  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 in the class before the final examination. 30 points.

Part D: Essay- 15 points. You will be asked to write an essay worth 15 points based on your readings and class experience. I will give you a choice of two questions from this group: 

What was the importance of Eddie Cantor for America during the Great Depression?

What are some possible causes of the fall or decline of the Roman empire?

What is the importance of Thomas Jefferson for American Democracy?

Who was the one individual that you most admired from this course and why? Give strong answers for you choice.

To what extent did the Nazis borrow from the classical quarry or tradition?

What was Surrealism and what influenced it? Discuss some of its most important artists.