HIS 102
Final Exam
Well, I wanted to end the course with some statistics on just how many guns there are in the world today.  In fact, I would not be surprised if that figure approaches the world population number of 6.6 billion--don't laugh.  I guess that I could have found the exact figure, but I remembered that when I was doing a lot of research back in the 1980s on the role of the Soviet Union in providing arms to the Third World and spurring the outbreaks of regional and ethnic conflicts.  What I recalled was that it was the United States that was the biggest weapons dealer in the world.  If you want to know why there are conflicts in Africa, the Near East, East Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, SE DC, then it is because someone is selling weapons to the combatants, a business that can be very profitable.
Arms Trade
Image and table courtesy Globalissues.org
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The final exam will cover all the materials in units 8-15 of the course.

The final will consist of five parts: map quiz (25 points); five identification questions (25 points); surprise question (50 points); timeline (50 points) and essay (100 points).

In the testing center, you will complete the five identification questions, the surprise question, timeline 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 Blank Western Civilization Map and the list of HIS 102 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.

For the timeline, in chronological order, indicate what you would identify as the ten most important events in world history.  Briefly explain your selection of each event.  (You do not have to give specific dates, but you do need to give approximate dates.)  See the Sample Test Items.

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

How was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) similar to the Declaration of the Rights of the Russian People (1917), the French Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789), the American Declaration of Independence (1776) and the English Bill of Rights (1688)?  (A copy of the UN text will be provided for you.  Note that you DO NOT have to focus on the English Bill.)

Please take the time to organize your thoughts in a logical manner.  Please be sure to read the short background information and study questions accompanying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights before you take your exam.

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Directions for Taking the Final 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 3 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 Final is worth a maximum of 250 points.  You must pass the final exam with a grade of "C" (175/250) or better to earn a passing grade of "C" or better in this course.



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