Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Exams, Strict Construction and Covetness

Tuesday Morning... my first period is taking their World History Final. Can you answer these questions correctly (answers at bottom):

1. What time in the past does "prehistoric" refer to?
a. before the Neolithic Age
b. before the invention of writing
c. before the establishment of civilizations
d. before the appearance of Homo sapiens

27. What do Muslims believe about Muhammad?
a. He was the last and greatest of the prophets.
b. He was the only son of the one true God, Allah.
c. He was the first and only prophet of Allah.
d. He was a combination of god and man.

31. Why did Kublai Khan favor Mongols and foreigners for government posts?
a. He did not believe in Confucian teachings.
b. He feared that Chinese officials would support Japan.
c. Genghis Khan had wanted him to remove all Chinese officials from power.
d. He believed that Mongols and foreigners had no local loyalties.

34. What was the chief goal of the Crusades?
a. to spread Christianity throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa
b. to recover Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslim Turks
c. to improve trade among Europe, Asia, and Africa
d. to force the Byzantines to become Catholics

60. How might small farmers of the agricultural revolution be compared to the working class of the Industrial Revolution?
a. Both endured long working hours.
b. Both suffered job losses due to progress.
c. Both lived in climates of social restructuring.
d. All of the above are true.

65. Which country was not a part of the “Big Four” that signed the Treaty of Versailles?
a. United States
b. Italy
c. Soviet Union
d. France

86. Which of the following gave the Europeans the greatest advantage against the Native Americans:
a. Disease
b. Guns
c. Horses
d. Religion


Strict Construction -
(narrow construction) n. interpreting the Constitution based on a literal and narrow definition of the language without reference to the differences in conditions when the Constitution was written and modern conditions, inventions and societal changes. By contrast "broad construction" looks to what someone thinks was the "intent" of the framers' language and expands and interprets the language extensively to meet current standards of human conduct and complexity of society.

Perhaps Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor perhaps took a Strict or Narrow Construction view when her friends and supporters told her to "break a leg" before the Senate.

Sotomayor Breaks Leg on the Way to Capitol Hill

To her credit, despite the broken ankle, she kept her appointment for the day.


"Thou shall not Covet" - Exodus 20:17

I blame and curse Apple. My iphone was the coolest and most useful (and addictive) thing ever. Key word: was. Apple introduces the new iphone 3GS, that boasts faster speed, more features (video recording, voice activation), more memory (16 and 32 gigs) and is available in white!

See the comparions between phones


Answers to exam samples: 1- b; 27 - a; 31- d; 34- b; 60- d; 65- c; 86- a


Revolu said...

excellent post. i wont tell you how i scored.

Emily said...

thanks for keeping your friends up to date on recent world history exams, and I am sorry that you now have to purchase a new phone...