Study Guide for American Family, Spring 2011, with Dr. Maria Schmeeckle
Exam 3 consists of 50 multiple choice questions (2 points each).
There are items from class
presentations from 3/17 up through 4/7.
As for readings, you’ll need to study Obama’s
from my Father
book Part 3 (Chapters 15-19, and the Epilogue), Malcolm Gladwell’s chapter (on
electronic reserve) called “Epilogue: A Jamaican Story”, and Cherlin’s
8 exam items have been modified from student-submitted questions.
The remaining questions
have been written by me (Maria).
To do well, you will need to have a strong familiarity with the book (beyond what was reinforced
in class) as well as class presentations from each class meeting. You need to be able to assess
carefully all the possible answers to the multiple choice questions, recognizing when an answer
is wrong so you can eliminate it and identify the correct answer.
Material Covered and additional tips for each:
Mike Doherty’s presentation to the class
(see his slides, posted in Blackboard)
~ what is the general concern and advocacy focus of the Children’s Rights Council of Illinois?:
Focuses on the needs of children from split households
Finding Oprah’s Roots, Finding Your Own (this DVD is on reserve on the 6
floor of Milner)
~major steps recommended by genealogists for those who wish to research their family history:
internet searches, land records, Salt Lake City Library, Historian
~things Henry Louis Gates learned about his own family ancestry while making the video (there
Half his ancestors were white after DNA test
~things Oprah learned about her family ancestry throughout the video (there are several):
DNA test: she is 89% African, 3 % East Asia, 8 % Native American
Dreams book, in general
~know who the following people are and their significance to Obama’s experience in Kenya:
Auma( ) Roy() Abo()Bernard() Mark, David, Zeituni, Sarah, Sayid, Onyango, Granny, Akuma
Dreams book, Chap. 15
~why did Auma have mixed feelings about being in Kenya?
She moved home from
Germany; she is independent, educated, doing well on her own but her family is not
doing well so they ask her for money and this makes it hard for her to reach her
~what was the situation with Aunt Sarah?
She is not in contact with the family because
she is mad about who got Obama Sr. inheritance
Dreams book, Chap. 16
~what were the details of Aunt Sarah’s point of view, evident in the meeting with Obama and the
subsequent explanation by Aunt Zeituni?
Sarah said that she was just as smart as Obama