This final exam is a word-limited take-home, due in my office,
4221 HSSB, at the end of the regular exam time: Thu, March 18, 2004,
11am. Earlier submissions must be slid under my door, NOT placed in
the envelope, if I am not in my office.
All answers must be typed, and a word count inserted in brackets at the
end of each ID and of the essay (see example at end of this paragraph).
In microsoft word, highlight each ID or essay answer, then use the Tools-Word
count command. The exam is worth 15% of the final grade. [100 words]
- Identify and define the significance (3 @ 15 points each=45%
of the exam grade)
Identify and define the significance of three of the following
six terms. Your identification should include an approximate date, which
should situate the event correctly in relation to other important events.
Take special care to explain why the term is significant in the
context of German history.
Each ID should be about 200-250 words long; 300 absolute maximum.
Byrnes' 1946 Stuttgart speech
December 11, 1989
- Essay question: Answer one of the following questions.
(55% of the exam)
(I am giving you a choice after all, so I will have more varied reading.)
The essay should be about 1000-1200 words long; 1500 absolute maximum.
- West Germany and East Germany each pursued different strategies for
overcoming the legacies of dictatorship. Describe at least four programs
or events from four different decades for each country (thus 8 total),
and argue which country ultimately developed the most effective participatory
democracy. Note that you will also have to define what you understand
by "most effective participatory democracy."
- We discussed various factors that came together to cause the fall
of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Drawing on both analytical descriptions
of historical events and personal stories (such as those in "The
Promise," Harald Wagner and Frank Eigenfeld's stories, etc.), argue
which two factors were the most significant in toppling the
Honecker government. Note that in order to do this you should also
make a case why two or three other factors were less significant
(refute counterarguments to your claim).