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Unformatted text preview: Sociology 225, Contemporary Chinese Society
M idterm Exam
Professor Sida Liu
March 4-11, 2011
This is a take-home exam. You are encouraged to use course readings and lecture notes to
answer the questions below. However, you are NOT permitted to work together with other
students when completing the exam.
The exam is divided into two parts. The first part is the identification of four concepts. The
second part consists of two essay questions. You can earn 100 points for this exam. Your grade
on this exam accounts for 40% of your final grade.
Please submit your exam electronically to the Dropbox at Learn@UW no later than Friday,
M arch 11, 2011 at noon. If you have problems submitting your exam in the drop box, you may
email your exam to both email@example.com (grader) and firstname.lastname@example.org (professor).
-- 1 inch from top, bottom, left and right of the page
Spacing Double spaced
Word 97-2003 (.doc)
Page limit 12 pages (1 page per concept and 4 pages per essay question)
Please pay close attention to the format requirements. Exceeding the 12-page limit or
deviating from the format requirements would result in a significant loss of points.
L ate submission will result in an F in this exam and the loss of 40% of your final grade.
T here will be no make-up exam or extra work option to change your grade in this exam.
For the essay questions, point deduction can occur in the following cases:
(1) Lack of use or incorrect presentation of the course readings and lecture materials;
(2) Irrelevant discussion without answering the specific questions;
(3) Logical gaps in the analysis;
(4) Inconsistency between the facts and the conclusion. 1 Part I : I dentification of Concepts (40 Points)
For each of the four concepts below, please (a) use a few sentences to define and describe the
concept (4 points per concept), (b) give two examples from the course readings and/or lecture
materials to illustrate the concept (2 points per concept), and (c) demonstrate how the two
examples are related to the concept (4 points per concept). Please note that some concepts may
not have a standard definition and you are expected to use your own language to describe
them. Do not simply copy and paste from the readings or lecture notes.
(1) Differential Mode of Association (10 points)
(2) Rule of Ritual (10 points)
(3) Campaign (10 points)
(4) Township and Village Enterprise (10 points) Part I I . Essay Questions (60 Points)
Please answer the following two essay questions using course readings and lecture materials. In
preparing your answers, external materials from the library, the Internet, or other sources are
permitted, but full citation and reference must be provided for each use. You do not need to
provide full citations for course readings, but please indicate the author and year of publication in
parenthesis (e.g., Fei 1947). If direct quotes are used, please indicate the page numbers.
The ideological conflicts between Communism and Confucianism
characterized the dynamics of social change in modern Chinese history. Use three empirical
examples from the book Chen Village to explain how the conflicts between these two ideologies
shaped social change in Chinese rural society after 1949. When writing the essay, please make
sure you answer the following questions:
(1) What are the fundamental ideological differences between Confucianism and
Communism? (5 points)
(2) What are the manifestations of the two ideologies in the social and political institutions of
traditional and Communist China? (10 points)
(3) In the three examples, how did the behavior of the Chen villagers, the sent-down youth,
the work team, and other actors reflect Confucian and Communist ideologies, as well as
their interaction? (15 points, 5 points per example) 2 Question 2
College students played a central role in both the Red Guard
movement in 1966-1967 and the Tiananmen student movement in 1989. Please use course
readings and lecture materials to compare these two movements in terms of the following
(1) Why did the students become contentious? What are their main grievances or claims
toward the authorities? (5 points)
(2) What resources did the students have? How did they mobilize these physical, social, or
symbolic resources to achieve their goals? How did their living patterns facilitate or
constrain their resource mobilization? (10 points)
(3) What are the political opportunities in the two movements? How did the students take
advantage of these political opportunities? (5 points)
(4) How did the interaction between the students and the authorities during the two
movements shape the movement dynamics and outcomes? (10 points) 3 ...
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This note was uploaded on 12/18/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 225 taught by Professor Liu during the Spring '11 term at Wisconsin.
- Spring '11