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Study guide for the first midterm exam HIST2300 Spring 2017Basic essay guidelines and advice [Bring a Blue Book to the exam]:On the midterm exam, you will be presented with three or four of the following essay topics. You will select two of them for your essays. You need to read each of the questions carefully so that you know exactly what should be explained. I expect you to write a coherent essay on each reflecting your knowledge of the assigned readings and your analytical thought. Tell me everything you know about it in a well-written essay. Include as many pertinent facts or details from the readings or class discussions as you can. Include your own interpretation of the issues involved. You may present your informedopinion about the relatively likelihood of various causes and effects as applicable. Please note that when I say “informed opinion,” I am saying an educated opinion based on the readings and material presented in class, not a “gut feeling” or “gut reaction” to the topic.Since I know you are under time pressure and writing by hand, I don’t expect perfection. I do expect a college-level effort that reflects your preparation for the exam. A well-written essay should contain about five paragraphs (minimum). It should begin with some sort of introductory paragraph in which you will lay out your central argument. It will follow with a body of three paragraphs or more that will support your introductory argument and which will contain pertinent references to specific examples from the readings – particularly the primary sources. It will finish with a concluding paragraph in which you re-state your argument and the main points you have made to support that argument.