History 110 - Unit I Exam, Fall 2014 - Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer

Directions. This is a take-home examination. It is due AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. You must turn it in at the beginning of class and remain for the entire class to get credit for this exam. There are two parts to the exam:

Part I: True or False (70 total points) For questions 1-9, you must provide evidence from the required reading or viewing to support your true or false answer; for questions 10-14, you must provide evidence from the classroom discussions. Please confine each answer to no more than 3-4 sentences.

____ 1. No evidence exists to support the belief that Columbus kidnapped, injured, and killed the indigenous people of Hispaniola in pursuit of gold.

____ 2. The documents in Chapter 2 in Voices of a People's History provide ample evidence that slaves resisted the institution of slavery.

____ 3. The vast majority of Europeans who came to colonial North America as indentured servants had a positive experience in the "New World."

____ 4. In the Medieval Lives: The Peasants episode, the lives of peasants in feudal England were portrayed as little better than slaves.

____ 5. In the In the Medieval Lives: The Damsel episode, it is clear that medieval women had more difficult and complex lives than medieval men.

____ 6. In his Crash Course video, "The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards," Mr. Green argues that the English settlers in North America used the Black Legend story to justify their treatment and attitudes toward Native Americans.

____ 7. In his Crash Course video, "Colonizing America," Mr. Green argues that there was more autonomy among the colonists in Massachusetts than there was in other colonies.

____ 8. In Secrets of the Dead: Death at Jamestown, it is clear that starvation was the main reason that the vast majority of English colonists died at Jamestown.

____ 9. There is no evidence of civil unrest during the first decade of colonial life in Jamestown.

____ 10. The Europeans who immigrated to the North American colonies were the people who were no longer welcome or wanted in Europe.

____11. The diverse nature of early colonial society is evidence of American exceptionalism.

____ 12. It was inevitable that European colonists defeat, conquer, and ultimately destroy the American Indians in order to ensure Euro-American survival and progress.

____13. While each colonial region developed differently, from the very beginning these regions also shared some important similarities.

____ 14. Slavery was a regional problem that was largely confined to the Southern colonies.

Part II: Short Answers (30 total points). For each question, you must provide evidence from the class discussions to support your answer. Your answers must be in your own words and cannot be copied verbatim from the discussion notes. Please confine each answer to no more than 10-15 sentences.

  1. The discussions in Unit I have focused on many myths about early American history. Choose two such myths FROM TWO SEPARATE DISCUSSIONS that are directly related to English colonization. This means you must pick myths from two of the four total discussions in Unit I. Then do the following:
  2. One of our overall course themes is "Freedom is never free." Keeping this theme in mind, please address the following:
  3. Your professor has argued that in order to understand the events that will lead Americans into a Civil War, you must understand the growth of the three colonial regions. To demonstrate your understanding, please do the following: