Final Exam

The final exam is based on the key terms that we define together in lab each week.

Three of the following questions will appear on your final exam, to be held in lab on Friday, December 9. (Each lab section will have a different set of terms.) You will need to answer two. The terms that appear in brackets will be drawn from our list of key terms and specified on the final exam.

I will not try to trick you or throw you any curveballs. If I ask question one, for example, I will not choose two wildly unrelated terms. Similarly, I will not expect you to discuss authors, terms, or ideas we haven’t discussed in class.

In your answers, I will look for:

  • Thoroughness. You do not leave out important facets of a term’s meaning or use. You’ve done the reading and paid attention in class.
  • Thoughtfulness. You’ve spent time with the readings and key terms and thought about our discussions. You don’t parrot back exactly what I’ve said or memorized a reading, but show that you’ve analyzed and formed opinions about these ideas.
  • Ability to make connections. You’ve thought about readings, terms, and
    discussions independently, but you’ve also given some thought to how one idea relates to another and can identify points of similarity or contrast.

I am always happy to meet with you one-on-one to go over anything you’re confused about or need extra time to work through.

  • Please explain how [key term x] is related to [key term y], referring to specific authors and arguments.
  • Please define [key term x] and explain how it figures in to a digital humanities project we’ve examined.
  • If you had to suggest a key term to contribute to our list, what would it be and why? Please be sure to explain how your suggestion relates to the other terms on our list and how your key term fits into our class readings and discussions.
  • For a given digital humanities project, explain which sources it uses, how those sources have been processed, and how they have been presented.
  • Select a primary source — an advertisement, a book, a movie, etc. — that you think best exemplifies [key term x] and explain why you’ve chosen it, referring to specific authors and arguments from our readings and discussions.