Final Examination, 2007
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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, June 14, 3pm. If you submit earlier and I am not there, slide your exam under my door, do NOT leave it in the envelope.
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 the essay answer, then use the
Tools > Word Count command.
The exam is worth 25% of the final grade. [102 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.
Three founding myths
October 9, 1989
Essay question : Answer the following question. (55% of the exam)
For the six events listed below, discuss the causes and consequences of each. For the causes, you should weigh the relative importance of the various factors:
The essay should be about 1200-1500 words long; 1800 absolute maximum.
When you discuss consequences, consider the short-term, medium, and long-range effects of that event. Conclude your essay giving reasons why you think one of them is the most significant event for understanding politics in Germany today.
- Economic considerations,
- International situation,
- Elites & leaders (and how their historical experience affected them),
- Ideology & available information (e.g. role of the media),
- Individuals acting in mass/popular movements (perhaps motivated by common generational experiences), and
- The established cultural traditions and institutions of that country and time period (including the political party system).
- post-1945 transition to democracy (think: the Ds & Rs)
- Berlin Blockade (1948-49)
- June 1953 Uprising
- Construction of the Berlin Wall
- Opposition movements in the West (e.g. anti-rearmament, APO, peace, Greens)
- Fall of East Germany.
page by H. Marcuse, June
6, 2007; updated: 6/7/07
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