Four essay questions will be listed on the mid-term exam; you will have to answer two of them. Each answer should be approximately 1000 words (roughly four typed, double-spaced pages). Remember to answer all the parts of each question. Be sure to submit your answers in Microsoft Word to be certain that your instructor can open and read your file.
Obviously, you will have access to your textbook and many other sources of information in completing this exam, but your exam must be your work alone. In open book exams, you must do more than prove that you can summarize information. You must prove that you understand it, can synthesize and analyze it, and that you can reach your own conclusions. Focus on key themes and ideas and support your ideas with specific historical examples. Please quote only when absolutely necessary, keep the quotes short, and mark them as quotations with a citation of the source. Building your exam out of long block quotes is unacceptable and will be harshly penalized. Instructors will also penalize late exams by ten points for each day that they are late.
1. What effect did the Norman Conquest have on England? Discuss the achievements and contributions of William the Conqueror
and the Norman kings. 1000 words on this one
2. What was England like before and after the Anglo-Saxon Conquest? In other words, what effect did the conquest have on England? 1000 words on this one
C. Warren Hollister, Robert Stacey, and Robin Chapman Stacey, The Making of England to 1399 (Houghton Mifflin, 2000), 8th edition, ISBN 0618001018.
Lacey Baldwin Smith, This Realm of England, 1399-1688 (Houghton Mifflin, 2000), 8th edition, ISBN 0618001026.
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