Midterm Exam Study Guide. History 142
Note: This will be a closed book and a closed notebook exam. You may use only
your brain and a writing utensil to complete the exam.
Part 1: Essays
One of the following questions will appear on the midterm. This means that you
should study for all four of the questions listed below.
Agood essay should feature an introduction with a thesis that answers the question
and draws links between different readings and time periods. Agood essay should
also feature specific examples from the texts and lecture notes (Exact quotes aren’t
necessary, but you should be able to tell us about specific arguments made by the
texts you are citing.) Agood essay should feature a conclusion where you indicate
the broad significance of what we can learn from these concepts and texts.
1. Discuss the relationship betweenAmerica and “mediocrity” in
A. de Toqueville’s Democracy in America (1835-1840) and
B. Gramsci’s “Americanism and Fordism” (1934).
2. Making direct reference to Keynes’s and Rossini’s assigned readings analyze the
expectation surrounding Woodrow Wilson’s participation to the Versailles Peace
Conference of 1919. In particular how did Keynes describe President Wilson? What kind
of language did he use? Any overarching ster