HISTORY 448 - THE AMERICAN WEST - MIDTERM EXAMINATION REVIEW

Your midterm exam will take place on Tuesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 18.  You must bring an unused BLUE BOOK to each examination session.  The Wednesday session will consist of five (5) short essay identification questions that you will choose from a list of ten (10).  The ten questions on the exam will be drawn from the list below.

akicita societies

"institutional fault line"
heyoka society Abilene, Kansas
Lakota Sun Dance partido system
Minnesota Sioux uprising of 1862 Code of the West
Manifest Destiny ideology of vigilantism
Homestead Act Lincoln County War of 1878
Dawes Severalty Act Johnson County War of 1892

Your answers should be from one to three paragraphs long.  The length will necessarily vary with the nature of the topic.  It is very important, however, that you not stop at a mere description of the person, place, thing or event, but that you clearly show its historical significance as well.  In other words, "what accounts for this and what was its impact?"  Each answer should take about ten minutes of class time to complete.

The Friday session will be taken up with the single essay question below.

Encounter and conflict between Native Americans and the people of the United States was central to the story of the trans-Mississippi West in the latter half of the nineteenth century.  Explain the roots of this conflict in cultural terms by analyzing essential differences in both the ideology and material economy of the opposing groups.  Be sure to provide specific examples for both peoples in both categories.  You need not provide exactly the same number of examples for each group.  Do not rely purely on generalities.  Explicitly demonstrate which differences may have been irreconcilable, and why.

Since you know the topic in advance, it is a good idea to prepare a practice answer.  You will not, however, be allowed to use notes in class during the exam, so commit to memory an outline of what you want to say.