History 111 - Unit I Exam, Fall 2014 - Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer

Directions. This is a take-home examination. Your TYPEWRITTEN ANSWERS ARE DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1st. 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 1-10, you must provide EVIDENCE from the required reading or viewing to support your true or false answer; for questions 11-14, you must provide EVIDENCE from the classroom discussions. Please confine each answer 4-5 sentences.

____ 1. Zitkala Sa's experiences in "The School Days of an Indian Girl" demonstrate how successful Indian boarding schools were in their mission to "civilize" Indian children.

____ 2. The Haymarket Riot that occurred in Chicago in 1886 resulted in a trial that convicted people for both their ideas and their deeds.

____ 3. The video "Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs, and Empire 1898-1904" demonstrates pro-imperialist sentiment.

____ 4. Wealthy industrialists, like those who owned the Triangle Shirtwaste Factory, believed that individual owners of private property should not be subject to government regulation because it would restrain industrial growth.

____ 5. The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911 resulted in a public outcry for government regulation of private industry, making New York a model for industrial reform.

____ 6. When Henry George wrote "The Crime of Poverty" (Voices of a People's History, Ch. 11) in 1885, most Americans believed that poverty was a crime.

____ 7. In Voices of a People's History, Ch. 11, it is clear that farmers in the late 19th Century never organized for favorable financial conditions.

____ 8. In Voices of a People's History, Ch. 12, it is clear that from the end of the Revolutionary War on, the history of the United States is one of continuous expansion.

____ 9. In Voices of a People's History, Ch. 13, Emma Goldman argues that patriotism is what makes American great.

____ 10. One of our course themes - Freedom is never free - can be used to describe the voices included in Voices of a People's History, Ch. 13.

____11. Progressives believed that a strong central government could become a weapon for social justice by helping to reform the excesses of society and of capitalism.

____ 12. The Gilded Age was known for unrestrained economic growth and political corruption, widespread labor unrest, and deep and somewhat violent divisions over the definition of freedom in a rapidly industrializing society..

____13. Capitalism is an economic system that differs greatly from socialism.

____ 14.The election of 1912 changed the nature of the Republican Party.

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 15-20 sentences.

  1. Throughout Unit I, we have emphasized that "progress is not always progressive." Keeping this theme in mind, please do the following:
  2. One of the conclusions of our first class discussion is "When we understand the philosophy behind Manifest Destiny, it becomes clear that Anglo-Europeans did not settle the West - but rather conquered the West." Keeping this conclusion in mind, please address the following:
  3. According to a Washington Post editorial at the turn of the 20th century, "the taste of Empire" was "in the mouth of the people." Keeping this quote in mind, please address the following: