Hist 133c Final Examination, 2006
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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 23, 2004,
3pm. If I am not there (I am on call for jury duty), or if you submit
earlier, slide your exam under my door, do NOT leave it in the
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 25% of the final grade. [109 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 post-1945 German history. (Without the significance
for post-45: 10 pts max.)
Each ID should be about 200-250 words long; 300 absolute maximum.
mastery of the
myth of victimization
October 9, 1989
- Essay question: Answer one of the following questions.
(55% of the exam)
The essay should be about 1000-1200 words long; 1500 absolute maximum.
- Both the Cold War and various legacies of Nazism shaped the history
of Germany since 1945. For four events from at least three
different decades (from the 1940s to the 1990s), explain the role
that each of those two factors played in that event. Be sure to consider
both the more obvious political effects, and more subtle, longer-term
consequences such as people's perceptions of and relationship to the
political system. Draw three of your four events from different course
readings (Hügel-Marshall, Hilton, Philipsen, Hensel) and films
(Promise, Good-Bye Lenin).
- A number of developments led up to and shaped the revolutionary "turn"
in East German history in 1989-90. Describe the five you consider
most important, explain what role they played, and argue why you consider
them to be the most significant in causing the demise of the
GDR. Note: it might be necessary to explain why additional, similar
events beyond those five are not as important.
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21, 2006; updated:
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