History 1700Fall 2017Preparing for the MidtermStructure of the exam and general commentsThis exam will cover all lectures, discussions, and readings listed on the syllabus through week 7. You will be writing one essay which will be worth 50 points. For the essay, you will have two questions from which to choose. The other half of the exam will consist of 50 multiple choice questions, worth one point per question, for a total of 50 points. The multiple choice section will be completed in class and the essay portion will be completed outside of class.You should start by carefully reviewing the Reynolds book, and your lecture, and discussion notes. Remember that all Powerpoints are posted to the Canvas site. Pay specific attention to essential questions and objectives that are usually posted on the first slide within each lecture. The ability to thoroughly respond to the essential questions and objectives is one mark of preparedness.Writing essays There is no precise page requirement, but you should expect to write in the neighborhood of three to four pages for each essay. Your essays should demonstrate your knowledge of lectures, discussions, and readings, and should offer specific examples to support your generalizations. For instance, if you want to make a point about the relationship between land and political freedom during the Revolutionary War, you may want to explain something about Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts on independent farmers or talk about how colonists generally beliefs about land, virtue, and voting rights. Always try to be as specific as you can.While I don't stress punctuation and spelling in grading, I do expect that an essay will be clearly and logically organized and composed of complete sentences and distinct paragraphs.Here is an example of an essay question that I could use: To what extent was the American Revolution truly revolutionary? Confine your discussion totwoof the following areas: politics, race, religion, and economics.If one of your focuses was on politics and you wanted to stress that the war was truly revolutionary, you might talk about the extension of voting rights to people living on the frontier, the role of radical groups such as the Regulators or the Levelers, or some of the specific political arguments used in the Declaration of Independence. You might also examine the structure of the new state legislatures and explain how they granted more political power to the people.