What Does It Mean That You Do Not Have to Know Everything


Use the study guide to teach yourself, but you these examples to realize that I am not going to try to trick you and that

         You do not have to show that you know everything,

         But that you know something.


If given at least 3 facts about these traits, recognize whether the trait applied to World War I or World War II:

         What nations fought each other?

         What technologies were used?

         What was the initial US response to the war in Europe?

         What was the US role in the war?

         What happened to vets after the war?

         What international organization was created after the war to reduce the likelihood of war>



If given at least 3 facts about a nation over time and about the movements of fascism and communism within those nations, recognize the nation from a list:






         Soviet Union (AKA USSR or Russia)



If given at least 3 facts about a part of the US government created during this period, recognize its name from a list:

         Fair Labor Standards Act

         Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

         Federal Reserve System

         Securities and Exchange Commission

         Social Security Insurance



If a term was in Unit 1 but still exists in Unit 2, you may see it. You have to recognize; not recall. Examples:

         Interstate Commerce Commission, commission as a form of government that is in the executive branch but that can write regulations

         segregation, nativism, racism

If given at least 3 facts about a president over time including both foreign policy and domestic policy, recognize the president from a list of 4 or 5 presidents.

         William McKinley

         Theodore Roosevelt

         William Howard Taft

         Woodrow Wilson

         Warren G. Harding

         Calvin Coolidge

         Herbert Hoover

         Franklin D. Roosevelt

         Harry S Truman



If provided several details about an event, recognize whether the event was in the Progressive Era, World War I, Roaring Twenties (AKA Jazz Age), Great Depression, or World War II.


         Great Migration

         Harlem Renaissance

         Rosie the Riveter


         Tuskegee Airmen


Tip about the Study Guide: You will see several uses of the same link about World War II in these 3 time periods:

         Pre-US entry




If you look, you see some wisdom in their strategies for struggles:

         Avoiding war but trying to prevent problems and help those the US might need on our side later

         Dealing with training while fighting the weaker parts of the Axis

         Only after defeating the weaker parts, shifting to Germany. Only after Germany is defeated, shifting to Japan.

Show You Know Something This is from the searchable syllabus in Getting Started.

Because I see students memorizing random facts, I am trying to get you to focus on useful, usable facts for your life time because history is about how life works. History provides the content and learning it usefully requires the tools:

         to make a decision safely

         to answer a boss

         to understand the news enough

o   either to understand what is going on

o   or to know that you do not trust the speaker or writer and you need to go look up reality

In this class, questions do not require that you show you know everything, but that you show that you know something. The questions focus on your recognizing significant traits of such things as regions, time periods and their dominant beliefs or events, and historical figures. (See Learning Quizzes, Concepts, and the Goal of Exam Questions)

Click here for an example of a question that lets you show that you know something that is worthwhile.

(URL: http://www.cjbibus.com/GS_Good_Habits_What_Is_a_Question_Where_You_Show_You_Know_Something.htm )