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HST 103                                                                   NAME:________________________________


  1. MULTIPLE CHOICE (2 points each; 30 points total for the section)


  1. What event allowed the British to seize de facto political control over India? A) Engines of social

mobility   B) Dutch expulsion   C) Sepoy Revolt/Indian Rebellion of 1857   D) Clive’s conquest         _____


  1. The MOST crucial technological breakthrough of the First Industrial Revolution was: A) the

spinning jenny to break the textile industry bottleneck   B) agricultural advances creating

an excess of labor   C) easy capital from the triangle trade   D) the development of a

general-purpose, portable steam engine by James Watt                                                                   _____


  1. Which of the following is something Bryan Stevenson fought for? A) Humane treatment of prisoners
  2. B) Abolishing child incarceration for life C) Wrongful imprisonment    D) All of these                   _____


  1. Which of these “-isms” did NOT rise up in the immediate wake of the Industrial Revolution in the

nineteenth century?    A) fascism      B) classical liberalism     C) socialism     D) communism          _____



  1. In the late nineteenth century, the U.S. emerged as one of the world’s major industrial powers, as well

as one of its most multicultural. Of the following peoples making up U.S. society, which of them

had almost exclusive political and economic power?  A) indigenous peoples   B) blacks   C) white

male elites of European ancestry   D) Asian migrants flooding the West after the 1848 gold rush   _____


  1. Which of these is NOT true of the Berlin Conference? A) It is often referred to as ‘Africa’s undoing’.
  2. B) It was attended by over a dozen European countries. C) Its decisions were guided by concern

for the native populations and cultures of Africa.   D) Under the Principle of Effectivity, all African colonies must be actively governed by their European holders.                                                         _____


  1. Which of the following was NOT a cause of World War I? A) nationalist aspirations B) assassination

of Franz Ferdinand   C) development of hostile alliance systems – the Triple Alliance and the

Triple Entente    D) technological advances                                                                                         _____


  1. Ideologies like fascism and Stalinist communism attracted people in the interwar period because:
  2. A) classic liberal democracy seemed incapable of dealing with modern problems it created
  3. B) fascism and Stalinism each had strong leaders selling himself as the answer to problems and democracy looked leaderless C) classic liberal democracy had brought about the problems,

so people looked for new answers   D) All of these were reasons people were attracted.                _____


  1. In the Meiji era, Japan tried to remodel its government, economy, and society on what example?
  2. A) Korea B) Western empires C) Pre-feudal Japanese traditions    D) Imperial China                 _____


  1. The “nonaligned movement” of countries wanting to maintain formal neutrality apart from the

“First World” of the US and the Western European nations and the “Second World” of the USSR

and its allied nations first began to take shape at:    A) the Versailles Conference   B) the Bandung Conference   C) the Conference of Vienna    D) the conference of Bogotá.                                       _____


  1. Which choice correctly states King’s purpose for writing “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”?
  2. A) To explain why he came to Birmingham B) To launch a nonviolent protest movement in

Birmingham    C) To open a branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in

Birmingham    D) To support fellow civil rights activists in Birmingham                                            _____


  1. All of these are likely outcomes of increased immigration EXCEPT: A) Anti-immigration protests
  2. B) Migrant exploitation C) Less human trafficking D) Increased standard of living for migrants  ______


  1. What is the mandate system’s overall legacy? A) Britain kept control of all its colonies B) World

peace  C) The roots of many of the world’s modern conflicts   D) The U.S. gained new colonies      _____


(The other four points in this section are FREE instead of having an extra credit question! YAY summer break!)





Identify and give the historical significance of TWO of the following. (The other ten points are another gift for those who read directions!)   Remember to provide the following information:  who OR what it is, where it is, when it is (correct decade) and why/how it is historically significant.

Grameen Bank     Bandung Conference Mohandas Gandhi        IMF                  Kwame Nkrumah

Hindutva              The Limits of Growth            Five Star movement     civil rights movement

Sputnik                 neoliberalism                         NATO                             social democracy              ERA




  1. ESSAY (40 points)


Choose ONE of the following to address as thoroughly in your outline as possible in the allotted time. You may type directly into your outline then copy and paste it into the exam. Remember, a quality answer will have a clear thesis supported by accurate use of intelligently and rationally incorporated identifiable evidence, especially from primary sources. A complete answer will also incorporate appropriate identifiable information from This Earth of Mankind and from the primary source readings.    Essays without such information will NOT receive full credit.


1)  What is the relationship between identity, community, and civil political society in the modern human experience (i.e., since 1789)? What impact has modernity had on identity and community formation?  How have people around the world grappled with issues of differences in race and gender in modern community formation? Your discussion of these issues must examine at least THREE different geographical regions, at least one of which must be non-Western. You must rationally incorporate identifiable supporting material from the primary sources and Just Mercy into this essay to earn full credit.


2) What has been meant by “modernity” after 1800?  How was “modernity” defined in the 19th and 20th centuries, and by whom?  What has been the impact of the concept of “modernity”? To what extent was there a “crisis of modernity” and how did that “crisis” shape (or reshape) “modernity’s” path(s) after that point?  Support your thesis with historical examples from at least THREE different geographical regions, at least one of which must be non-Western. You must rationally incorporate identifiable supporting material from the primary sources and Just Mercy into this essay to earn full credit.


3) Has the nature of globalization changed between 1800 and 2022? If so, how has it changed and to what extent?  In order to answer, you must also: A) define what you mean by globalization; and B) critically analyze how different areas of the world and different segments of society have been affected by the changes you describe.  Support your thesis with historical examples from at least THREE different geographical regions, at least one of which must be non-Western.  You must rationally incorporate identifiable supporting material from the primary sources into this essay to earn full credit.

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