HIS 101
Midterm Exam
Test Taking
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The midterm exam will cover all the materials in units 1-7 of the course.

The midterm will consist of four parts:  map quiz (25 points); five identification questions (25 points); surprise question (25 points) and essay (75 points).

In the testing center, you will complete the five identification questions, the surprise question and the essay using Wordpad on a computer. You will then log into Blackboard to submit that part of the exam and to complete the map quiz part of the exam.

For the Map quiz, you already have a copy of the Western Civilization Blank Map and the list of HIS 101 Map Items to be located on the map.  On the exam, when you log into Blackboard, you will see a blank map with numbers on it, and you will have to put one of the items for each of the numbers on the map. Check some recommended sources for map study.

The identification items will be taken from the Key Terms listed in the units.  In a few sentences of about a paragraph length for each historical term, you will be asked to completely identify that term and note its importance.  See the Sample Test Items.

The surprise question will be taken from the Questions to Consider listed in the units.  The surprise question will require about a long paragraph to complete.

The Essay, approximately two-three pages in length, that you will write in the testing lab is as follows:

What information can one discover about early Russian society from the Primary Chronicle excerpt?  (A copy of the text will be provided for you.)

Please take the time to organize your thoughts in a logical manner and cite evidence to support your analysis.  Please be sure to read the short background information and study questions accompanying the Russian Primary Chronicle before you take your exam.

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Directions for Taking the Midterm Exam

Please review the ELI rules and regulations for examinations and the information on the course page in Blackboard about finding your exam passes and taking the course exams.

If you live outside metropolitan Washington or are incarcerated or handicapped, see the information in the general ELI Policies and Procedures for exam proctors.

Please do not let fear of the exams stop you from completing the course.  If you have great difficulty getting to a Testing Center or are concerned about taking exams, please contact your instructor.

There is no specific time limit, but it is recommended that you allow at least 2 hours to complete the exam.


NOTE: you will see your score for the map quiz immediately. Your instructor will grade the remainder of your exam and post your total score on the Blackboard gradebook. You will also receive feedback on your exam.

The Midterm Exam is worth a maximum of 150 points.



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