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Plan II History: Exam from the 1930's

TC 60 Exam

Final Examination

Tutorial Course 60 (1938-39)

Work approximately one hour on each section of the examination.

You are not expected, of course, to answer all questions on this page.

Section I.

  1. "The nineteenth century notion that the social sciences are backward, and that this backward state can only be remedied by applying to them the methods of the physical sciences is no longer tenable." Discuss.
  2. Do you believe that a concept of "power", as discussed by Russell, is a valid concept for integration of the various social sciences? Discuss carefully.
  3. What is the idea of progress which arose in the eighteenth century?
  4. Has the advance in science and the discovery of new sources of power since justified this theory of progress?
  5. History shows that human beings have always tried to keep old customs but have never been able to prevent their institutions from changing. What sort of factors are always changing the character of human society?

Section II.

  1. What, to your mind, is the most convincing evidence that there has been an evolution of plants and animals?
  2. Explain the basis for the chromosome theory of heredity.
  3. Summarize the place in mathematics of Euclid and Archimedes.
  4. Describe the method of setting up a place system of writing numbers in a base using 3.
  5. Summarize the contribution of Issac Newton to modern mathematics.
  6. Name two French mathematicians of approximately the Napoleonic era ans characterize the significance of each in a sentence.
  7. Discuss the role of "energy" in the natural sciences. Note in particular how it serves as an integrateing agent.
  8. Discuss the essentials of the "scientific method".

Section III.

  1. Discuss the influences of the fine arts of the past upon American culture today.
  2. Describe the function of the fine arts in the history of civilization as opposed to one of the following: Sciences, Philosophy - thought, religion.
  3. What common tendences do you find in modern art and music which differentiate them from the art and music of the past?
  4. Explain briefly Eastman's attitude concerning Science and Poetry as revealed in The Literary Mind.
  5. What general method does Guerard follow in his examination of the problem of the relation of Society and Literature, and what conclusions, if any, does he reach?
  6. What were the chief influences in early American life that tended to make the language of this country differ from that of England? Cite a few examples.
  7. From each of five different periods of world literature select one of the greatest authors, or writings, and explain briefly the particular contribution therefrom to our heritage.
  8. Explain briefly what Richards means by "Practical Criticism" and what he considers the chief fundamental problems in literary criticism.
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