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HUMA1910 Exam Prep

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York University
HUMA 1910
Joan Steigerwald

1910 9.0 Science and the Humanities 2011-12 Professors Steigerwald/Anderson Study Questions for Final Exam Your final exam in 1910 9.0 Foundations course, Science and the Humanities, will count for 20% of your final grade. It will draw upon material from both terms. It will be closed book – bring only your identification and pencils or pens. It will consist of three sections. There will be choice in all sections. Part I is a short answer section with two kinds of questions: a) names and terms; b) explanation of quotations. It is worth 30 %. Parts II and III of the exam are each worth 35%. You will answer one essay question in each of Part II and Part III. The possible essay questions for each of Part II and III are listed below. We will select from these two lists for the exam, giving you three choices of essay questions in each section. The instructions for Parts II and III will be identical: “Answer one of the following questions in a thoughtfully argued essay. You must use complete sentences, proper paragraphs and a clearly structured argument. A good answer will draw upon relevant historical information and course materials, including written texts and films, and lecture and tutorial notes. Be as specific as possible in discussing the course materials. When we grade the exam, we will look for a) your understanding of the question and the issues it raises b) your ability to construct an analytical thesis or an argument in the essay c) the detail and appropriateness of the evidence that you use to support your argument. Before you begin each essay, clearly indicate which question you are answering in your exam booklet.” You should prepare thoroughly for your essays in the exam. Develop thesis arguments and detailed examples from course materials. We recommend you practice writing timed answers as part of your preparation and we encourage you to work collectively in studying for the exam and thinking about possible examples, arguments and evidence. We do not expect exact references to texts (we do not expect you to memorize page numbers or long quotations, for example) but we do expect detailed and specific examples that show your thorough understanding of the course materials. Please note as well: The list of possible quotations for Part I(b) will be posted on the Moodle site. A selection from that list will be on the exam, and you will choose three to answer. Part II Three of the following questions will be on the exam. You will have to choose one to answer on the exam. If you had lived in 1600, would you have accepted the Copernican system? Explain why or why not. Write your answer from the perspective of an educated individual with some knowledge of the debates about astronomy and their significance. Both Fontenelle in Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds and Darwin in Voyage of the Beagle (his encounters in Tierra del Fuego) make rich use of metaphors. Discuss the use of metaphor in both texts, focusing on a couple of primary examples from each. Some key questions to consider are the following (you may introduce additional considerations): What do the metaphors add to the texts? How do they enrich the image of nature each author is trying to convey? How do the metaphors affect the reader? In “An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?” Immanuel Kant states: “Enli
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