Unit 1 Study Guide – a guide to preparation for all parts of the Unit Exam

Tips: What Helps Learning? from the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


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Practical Issues That Students Frequently Want to Know

The two parts of the exam are:

·         The objective part means methods that are machine gradable, such as multiple choice, true/false, ordering items, and matching items.

·         The written part means a good, competent factual explanation of something in the history covered from Chapter 1 to Chapter 4.

All of the questions are done as sets:

·         The objective part consists of 25 questions at 4 points each--but, for each question, fate (or Blackboard) could ask you any 1 of 4 or more questions.
In other words, there are a minimum of 100 questions in the test.

·         The written part displays 1 question worth 20 points for its contents. A separate grade of 20 fis for whether you follow the 5 Good Habits for Evidence). Fate (or Blackboard) could ask you any of  the other questions in the set. In other words, there are a minimum of 16 possible written questions.

Also the questions do allow you to have a choice, but you must write on only 1 of the choices. For example, if you get a question about colonial regions, the question also lists that you may answer about New England, the Middle Colonies, OR the South. If you got that question and you felt you understood New England best, you would answer the question only about New England.

Information that students frequently want to know about the two parts of the tests

·         You have thirty minutes for the objective part of the test and forty-five minutes for the written part of the test because of the requirements for citation covered in Evidence Matters.

·         You really won’t have time to look up much, but you may use your book and sources in the course.

·         The questions are meant to be ones that are useful understanding about history. They will not be trick questions.



Practical Issues About Content That Students Frequently Want To Know

Test questions will be from:

·         The textbook

·         The Instructor’s quizzes

·         The required primary sources

Information that students frequently want to know about writing an answer:

·         Typically, the best short questions ask you explain an event (or a region at a specific period of time), give specific examples, and explain its major traits.

·         You must be specific and answer the question asked and use evidence appropriate for the question asked.

·         You must only use facts from the textbook or sources in the course.

·         When writing an answer in Blackboard, you do not have to cite pages.
However, if I do not recognize the facts instantly and where they came from, I will record a temporary grade of 1.11 and you must cite each fact before I record the grade.

·         The best qualities for writing about history are that it follow5 Good Habits for Evidence.

·         The goal of writing is to help you learn history and the best way to learn history is to try to teach it in a common sense but truthful and brief way.
Think of it as teaching your smart cousin something he or she must learn quickly but well. He or she would not want a lot of words or a lot of fluff.


The password

You may take exams only 1 time; therefore, the password is

onetimeonly – no spaces and no capital letters.




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