AIS/HSTAA 332, Winter 2010
American Indian History since 1840
EXAM STUDY QUESTIONS
Study Questions for Midterm Exam
I. Five of the following terms will appear on the exam. You will choose four to identify. To identify a term you must do two things in a few, concise sentences: 1) State who or what the term refers to. Situate the person, organization, or occurrence in time and, if pertinent, in geographical location. Always provide a date or identify a time period, even if the period is vague. 2) Explain the significance of the item in American Indian history. People, groups, institutions, or occurrences may be significant because they had major impacts on the course of events, but they may also be significant if they were the result or culmination of important developments, if they illustrate important trends or common phenomena of their time, or if they prompt us to revise common beliefs about Indians' history.
General Allotment Act
Second Treaty of
Indian Citizenship Act
Indian Reorganization Act
Society of American Indians
Indian Rights Association
Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin)
II. Two of the following questions will appear on the exam. You will choose one and answer it with an essay that makes a thorough, well supported argument. Be sure to explain and illustrate your interpretation of events by presenting and analyzing plenty of facts drawn from course readings and lectures. A good answer will be several paragraphs long.
Adams writes that Indian boarding school students reacted to the
2. Imagine that a friend, upon learning that you have been studying the history of American Indians from 1840 to the 1930s, says, "Isn't that just a dismal story of continual, futile conflict with whites?" How would you respond? Include specific examples to explain your answer.
3. At the beginning of the term, some students hoped to learn about the origin, purposes, and nature of Indian reservations. One asked whether reservations have been harmful or beneficial for Indians. What have you have learned so far on this topic? Discuss specific information that explains your general conclusions.
You will take the exam in class on Thursday, February 11. You must write your answers in a blue or green exam booklet, which you can buy at University Bookstore. A small booklet should be more than adequate.
You may not use your reading materials or notes during the exam.
Study Questions for Final Exam
I. Five of the following terms will appear on the final exam, which will ask you to identify four of them. Each answer must provide basic identifying facts, including a date or time period. It must also explain why the person, group, entity, event, or other phenomenon is significant in American Indian history. An identification that fails to discuss significance cannot earn a grade better than C. Significance may come from having a major impact on the course of events, responding to a major historical development, being a component of a major historical development (such as government policy), or illustrating a major trend or a common occurrence of the time. In determining significance, consult class lectures as well as Blood Struggle. Videos and course pack items may also be helpful.
Community Action Programs
Vine Deloria, Jr.
House Concurrent Resolution 108
National Indian Youth Council
Indian Child Welfare Act
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
Public Law 280
American Indian Movement
Native American Rights Fund
Indian Civil Rights Act
National Congress of American Indians
BIA relocation program
Indian Claims Commission
Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe
II. Two of the following questions will appear on the exam, which will ask you to choose one and answer it with an essay that makes a thorough, persuasive argument. A good essay will illustrate your statements about history and support your interpretation of events by presenting and analyzing plenty of facts drawn from course readings and lectures. It will be at least several paragraphs long.
1. For the period since the 1930s, identify and discuss some factors (developments or circumstances) that have contributed to the persistence of geographically and politically distinct Indian communities. Also identify and discuss some factors that have had the contrary effect--factors that have decreased the geographical and political separation of Indians from non-Indians.
2. In the years since 1930, how has the practical meaning of Indian tribal sovereignty changed? When, how, and in what respects have tribal governments expanded their powers or functions? When, how, and in what respects, has tribal sovereignty been curtailed or limited?
Some people in
Congress have proposed that the
4. Since the 1930s, when, why, and how have some non-Indian Americans supported political desires and demands voiced by Indians? When, why, and how have some non- Indian Americans opposed Indian political desires and demands? Your answer must provide specific information to identify and explain the Indian desires and their time periods, then describe and explain non-Indian reactions.
The exam will take place Wednesday, March 17, from to in our usual classroom. You must write your answers in a blue or green exam booklet, which you can buy at the bookstore. A small booklet should be adequate. You may not use your reading materials or notes during the exam.
To get your graded exam back, you may either bring a self-addressed, adequately stamped envelope when you take the test, or you may pick up the exam from Padelford C-514 after on Monday, March 22. Graded exams will be available for the first few weeks of spring quarter.
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