HUM 111-Appendix A - Axia College Material Appendix A...

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Appendix A Midterm Exam Access the Week Four Electronic Reserve Readings located under the materials section of your student website. Read, watch, and listen to the media presented on the Boston Tea Party. Write a paragraph of approximately 100 words for each section listed below. 1. Using the critical thinking skills you have gained so far and referring to the materials provided for this assignment, identify two possible strategies that Thomas Hutchinson or Samuel Adams likely used to develop and improve their thinking as those historical events unfolded prior to taking a stand and acting according to their beliefs. Samuel Adams noted the dissatisfaction that himself and others felt with the government. This led him to the idea of freedom from taxation without representation. He sorted through the information he received and evaluated it. This allowed him to make a judgment before taking an action. All of these strategies allowed him to develop and improve his thinking before taking a stand. His was able to express his ideas using reason in order to impress upon the other colonists his point of view through his articles. This made it easier to join together the colonists who disagreed with the government and to find a creative solution to their problems. 2. Explain the importance of building a foundation for critical and creative thinking when evaluating historical events such as the Boston Tea Party. It is important to build a foundation for critical and creative thinking when evaluating historical events because it is not enough to just accept what is written as truth. Critical thinkers must be able to look at the event without prior prejudice in order to draw conclusions that are based on fact. Thinking with a proper foundation also provides the ability to solve problems creatively. A critical thinker can reflect on the events that led to the Boston Tea Party, and find actions that could have been taken to avoid the conflict. Looking at these events critically also provides a basis for avoiding future conflicts. 3. Explain the basis of the moral judgments made by Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson. Samuel Adams held a profound belief that there should be no taxation without representation. He held this belief as a moral judgment. He fought against anything that would stand in the way of this belief without considering the opposite view. This allowed him to have a tunnel vision of his desired outcomes. He believed that his moral judgment was the only view that could be held. HUM/111
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