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HIST 104 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Narrative, Thesis Statement, Scapegoating

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HIST 104
Robert Brain
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ID questions-answer 10 of 15
Essay question-choose 1 of 3 reasonably broad
!synthesize different parts of the course, won’t be exclusive to one set of readings
5x7 notecard double sided
ID questions
-write 3-4 sentences (5 max). Any more is too long, timewise. What do they mean in the
context of the course
-key terms, proper names, places, (who what where when why) concepts, different
levels of difficulty
-20% of the exam
-avoid subjective answers; not enough time for arguments
-respect for the people
remember that it’s argumentative
!-thesis statement and follow it through
!-better to have a strong thesis and short paper than a rambling essay
-read and really think about the questions
!-take a minute to think about what you want to say, possibly map it out
-doesn’t have to be long
-80% of the exam
-generally more than a page or two
-double-spacing is nice but not required, write in pen
-no need for citations or quotes (but quotes could work)
-questions will ask you to draw upon different aspects of the course
!-different lectures and readings (harrison)
!-eg. spirit catches you and you fall down: how the interpretation of illness effects
!the doctor-patient relationship, differences between traditional and western
!medicine, the illness narrative: both from the parents and the doctor, the doctoral
!definition is representative of larger cultural differences, medicinal concept is
!shaped by the cultural concept. understand and diagnose epilepsy as an
!electro-chemical business in the brain, while the hmong relate the disease as
!being sacred that inflicts special people, don’t want to suppress the disease but
!want to guide it
!-this can be generalized in that epidemics are susceptible to narrative
-morality and being poor in relation to cholera (rearrange things so as to fit their own
ideas about how the poor and drunkards etc were the ones that got sick), attributed it to
a divine justice to the poor; this idea lessens with every recurring case
-the perception of ignorance is seen as the cause of the failure of the treatment, in some
-hay fever, hitting people of higher class. their solution was to move to wild, natural
places like mountains to strengthen their nerves and help recover
-disease is found in all societies, but not the same diseases
-new view on hay fever as allergy; herbicides, that develop
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