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Final Exam

The Final Exam is coming up next week, on Monday, June 11th, from 3-6pm.  (It’s in the same place, INTN 1020)

Also, the Term Papers are due this Friday (June 8th), at the start of Main Lecture. The electronic copy must already be in iLearn, in the proper SafeAssign area before Main Lecture starts. The button for the Term Papers is on the left-hand side of the iLearn Section page. For the printed hard-copies, you’ll hand those to me as you walk into the Main Lecture. You can always turn in the assignment early as well.

In class this week, we’ll be doing review for the Final Exam. Make sure to bring your books and notes.

Remember, you’ll need a Bluebook for the Final, so make sure to purchase it ahead of time.

The terms and information below are from Professor Chrissanthos’ iLearn page. These are the general areas to study for the Final Exam.

Greek polis

Persian Wars, 499-479BC

Alexander the Great, 356-323BC

Roman Revolution, 133-31BC

Early Islam to 809AD


China (early Ming Dynasty) to 1450

New Monarchs



Japan, 1551-1616

The final exam will consist of 2 parts. Part 1 will consist of 7 questions from your professor derived from the topics above: you must answer 4 & only 4 (do not do more than 4 or you will be marked off). Part 2 will consist of 1 question from your TA derived from topics studied in your discussion section: you must do the 1 question in part 2. Altogether, you will answer 5 questions; each will be worth 20 points for a total of 100. BRING A BLUEBOOK! The questions on the test will be very similar to those on the mid-term. However, on the final your answers must be written in grammatically correct essays. If you have any questions about the format or the material do not hesitate to ask the professor or TA’s during office hours, after class or by email.

Term Paper tips and example

I put together an example to help you with your Term Papers.

Keep in mind, this is just to help you get a grasp of the overall feel of the project, your paper will look a little different depending on the content.

Notice that there is a catchy title, and the last sentence of the first paragraph is the thesis statement.

Here are some tips for completing your term papers. We’ve gone over most of these things in class, and some of the items might be pretty obvious, but hopefully this checklist will help you keep organized.

Term Papers that receive an “A” grade will have all of the following things:

  • Your name (always helpful).
  • Staple your hard-copy together, turn in the electronic copy ahead of time.
  • Numbered pages.
  • A Title (something snappy and interesting).
  • A clear Thesis Statement as the last sentence of the first paragraph.
  • Paragraphs will be about 4 to 6 sentences each.
  • The length of the paper will be from 5 to 7 pages (meaning  4 1/2  minimum).
  • A Bibliography page (this doesn’t count as one of the pages).
  • The font should be a normal one (like Times) and the font size should be 12pt.
  • Regular 1 inch margins, and double spaced.
  • 2 Primary Sources (minimum, more is okay) - you must cite your Primary Sources in the paper with footnotes.
  • 2 Secondary Sources (you can use more if you like) - you must cite your Secondary Sources in the paper with footnotes.
  • No Wikipedia, and no “Internet” sources - all sources must be academic.
  • Don’t cite the textbook or the lectures - these don’t count as sources, but you can utilize info you learned from the textbook or the lectures in the paper (like dates and place names).
  • Make sure any hyperlinks to sources work properly, if you post a link to a source like this:*.html …it needs to be correct so I can go to it and check it out. (Hyperlinks only need to be on the Bibliography page.)
  • Proofread the paper, and check the spelling, editing, and grammar – clarity counts.
  • Make sure your writing is on track throughout the paper – support your Thesis Statement.
  • Remember: don’t ask questions in the Term Paper, be authoritative and provide answers.
  • Be specific with your examples, include names, places, and dates.

Try to read your papers out loud to yourself, sometimes verbalizing the writing can help point out trouble spots with language or phrasing.

Also, have a friend read the paper to check for clarity of the argument, as well as the editing.

If you have questions, please send me an email or come see me during my office hours. Don’t be afraid to ask :)

Review for the Second Midterm

This coming week we’ll be doing Review for the Second Midterm.

Make sure to bring your textbooks, source books, and especially your notes.

The Second Midterm will be just like the first one, with some of the questions from Section and the majority of the questions from Professor Chrissanthos.

Notice also, that there will be a Lecture or two after the Review, so make sure to include those pending Lectures in your study plans.

2nd Midterm: List of Terms

Here is the list of terms for the Second Midterm as posted by Professor Chrissanthos on iLearn.

The list is copied below, and it can also be downloaded as a Word doc to help with studying.

  • C. Octavius Augustus
  • principate
  • imperator
  • Praetorian Guard
  • Julio-Claudians
  • Nero
  • Pax Romana
  • Trajan
  • Hadrian
  • Caracalla
  • Catullus
  • Cicero
  • Virgil
  • Ovid
  • Livy
  • Septimius Severus
  • Diocletian
  • Constantine I
  • Milvian Bridge
  • Milan Edict
  • Visigoths
  • Adrianople
  • Romulus Augustulus
  • Jesus
  • Paul
  • Bedouins
  • sheikh
  • majlis
  • Muhammad
  • hejira
  • Islam/Muslim
  • umma
  • Koran
  • 5 Pillars of Islam
  • Shari’a
  • caliph
  • Ali
  • Muawiya
  • Sunni/Shi’ite
  • Umayyads
  • Yarmuk
  • Abbasids
  • Harun al-Rashid
  • Seljuk Turks
  • Crusades
  • House of Wisdom
  • Arabian Nights
  • Omar Khayyam
  • Ibn Sina
  • Sufism
  • Ethiopia
  • Axum
  • Zanj
  • Ghana
  • Mali
  • Sundiata Keita
  • Mansa Musa
  • primogeniture
  • Songhai
  • Sonni Ali
  • Baru
  • Muhammad Askia
  • Tondibi
  • Mongols
  • Temujin/Genghis Khan
  • Kalka River
  • Ogedei
  • Kubilai Khan
  • Ain Jalut
  • Qin
  • Han
  • Confucianism
  • Daoism
  • Tang
  • Chu Yuan-chang
  • Kuo Tzu-hsing
  • Ming
  • Chu yun-wen
  • Chu Ti/Yung-lo
  • Cheng Ho
  • tribute system
  • New Monarchs
  • feudalism
  • Henry the Navigator
  • Vasco da Gama
  • Columbus
  • Ferdinand & Isabella

Islamic Kingdoms of Africa: Main Lecture smart-board dates

In case you had trouble reading the smart-boards today, here’s what Professor Chrissanthos posted regarding the Islamic Kingdoms of Africa.

Camel 100 AD
Ghana 300 – 1200 AD
Sundiata Keita 1230 – 1255
Mansa Musa 1312 – 1337
Sonni Ali 1464 – 1492
Baru 1492 – 1493
Muhammad Askia 1493 – 1528
Sultan al-Mansur
Tondibi 1591 

Things are moving pretty fast

You may have already noticed that the class is moving pretty quickly now, we’re covering huge periods of time in each session. Between now and the next Midterm (Midterm #2 on Friday, May 25th), we’ll have covered about 1,500 years of history.

So, make sure to keep up with the class readings, and also send me an email if you have any questions about your Term Papers.

As we progress through the next few weeks (Weeks 6, 7, and 8), my office hours will be filling up with students asking questions about Term Papers and exams, so don’t wait until the last-minute to come see me if you need to.

Even if you’re changing your topic, or you (*gasp*) don’t have a topic yet, let me know, I’m happy to help :)

This week: Journal 2

As a reminder, this week Journal 2 is due on iLearn (Sermon on the Mount, The Koran, and Ibn Battuta).

We’ll be discussing these readings in small groups the next two weeks, so please bring your Source Books or copies of the readings to class.

The Monday class (022) has already done their Journals and class discussion, and by the way, you all did a fantastic job with the readings.

As always, please send me an email if you have any questions.

Office Hours during Week 4

I have yet another conference, this time at the Huntington Library, so I will not be in my office this Thursday (April 26th).

I’ll still be in my office the next day, on Friday (April 27th), between 10:30am and Noon.

I can meet at other times this week (Week 4), especially on Monday, Wednesday morning, or Friday afternoon, so please send me an email if you need one of those other times and we can schedule an appointment.

Week 3 readings

I’ve uploaded some PDF’s of the readings for Week 3 (the links are below, and also on the Syllabus).

Primary Source Readings:
- Plato, The Republic (327 BCE)
Read from (#142) at the bottom, “Well, I replied, I suppose that I must…” to the last page, (#150) in the middle, “… and the hurtful is the base.”

- Aristotle, Politics (4th century BCE)
Politics is marked with arrows.

This is the last set of readings that I have PDF’s for, and you’ll notice that Aristotle’s Politics is a little difficult to read even with the arrows. So, make sure to acquire the Source Book soon, if you haven’t already.

Also, as a reminder, there is no journal entry due for these readings, but you do need to read them for the class discussion. The assignment for Week 3 is to submit a topic for your term paper on iLearn in the “Journals” section.