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Spring 2012 Civ-II Study Questions for Final Exam
Date and Time: (Section 09) 1:00-3:00pm, Monday, April 30, 2012 (Section E2) 6:00-8:00pm, Monday, April 30, 2012
Location: Classroom

Important Instruction:
The final exam covers the last few chapters (29, 30, 32, 33 and 34) of the textbook. The slides we used in class have already been uploaded to ANGEL. To prepare for the test, you must combine studying my slides with textbook reading.

This exam will be somewhat different from the first two exams. There will be a total of 2.5 questions—two comprehensive questions and one smaller question. One essay question from the Dept. is REQUIRED for everyone. Everyone MUST answer this question. The other two will be determined by tossing the dice.

The questions ask for objective demonstration of your knowledge and subjective discussions/analyses. BOTH types are needed. -------------------------------------------------

(Part Six and Part Seven—from Chapter 29 to Chapter 34)

Chapter 29 and Chapter 30
The period around World War I, 1890s-1920s

Essay Question 1:
How and why did events in overseas empires from the 1890s on challenge Western faith in imperialism? How were colonial dominations increasingly challenged? The Russian Bolshevik Revolution leader Lenin argued that World War I was the result of insolvable competitions among imperialist powers. What are the rational elements in his argument? What other factors have also contributed to the outbreak of the WWI? (need your discussion of the conditions of Europe before the War)

Essay Question 2:
In what ways was WWI a total war? What were the major outcomes of the postwar peacemaking process? Some people say this process had actually sowed the seeds for World War II. Do you agree with the argument? Why or why not? What is Bolshevik Revolution? Why and how was this revolution different from other political revolutions in the past? What were/are the significance and impact of the...
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