1. Explain one of the causes of the American Revolution, and its impact on one foreign nation (250 word minimum).
2. Analyze how the U.S. Constitution overcame the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation (250 word minimum).
3. Explain the impact of the Mexican War on American expansionism (250 word minimum).
Short Answer Essay
The second part of your exam is a short answer essay portion including 3 questions over contents from the entire course. Each question is assessing a different topic or skill. I will have word count expectations for you on each question. It is my expectation that your answers will meet or exceed those word counts on each question. Generally, your answers should be in complete sentences in formal, academic language.
When you answer each question, I am looking to see that you understand the content. This means that you are using important dates, names, history vocabulary, etc. I am also looking to see that you are using evidence to support your answers. The goal here is that you are making arguments in your answers rather than simply summarizing the content. This rubric will likely be the one I use to guide my assessment of your submissions.
Below is a listing of some really good advice pages on how to answer short answer essay questions. I strongly advise that you review them prior to writing your part two answers. Also included are some reference materials on how to cite your sources – one is from Turabian\Chicago and another is my own. The Turabian\Chicago site is helpful for the bibliography citations and mine will help you with the in-text parenthetical notations.
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