HUM111 Midterm Exam
HUM111 Midterm Exam
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Axia College Material Appendix A Midterm Exam 0 Access the Week Four Electronic Reserve Readings located under the materials section of your student website 0 Read watch and listen to the media presented on the Boston Tea Party 0 Write a paragraph of approximately 100 words for each section listed below 1 Using the critical thinking skills you have gained so far and referring to the materials provided for this assignment identify two possible strategies that Thomas Hutchinson or Samuel Adams likely used to develop and improve their thinking as those historical events unfolded prior to taking a stand and acting according to their beliefs The first strategy Samuel Adams used to develop his thinking was curiosity He started by looking for the imperfections in things As the situation gradually became worse due to taxation laws the Adams began to think about things that could be improved to better the situation He began to see that others shared his discontent and along with them he was able to recognize the opportunity in the controversy The second strategy could have simply been observation He was able to see each event as it happened which allowed him to avoid the hearsay of others and get a firsthand opinion of what was happening Explain the importance of building a foundation for critical and creative thinking when evaluating historical events such as the Boston Tea Party Building a foundation for critical thinking is important in a number of ways The first reason is to help a person understand their free will This enables them to recognize how influence affects each decision Another reason is it shows the importance of truth by acknowledging different ways of interpreting it along with the idea that people do not create truth Building a foundation also allows people to realize the difference in knowing something and thinking they know it Building a foundation essentially covers the basics of critical thinking to ease the challenge of not only changing but developing thinking skills Explain the basis of the moral judgments made by Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson The basis of moral judgment made by Thomas Hutchinson came from the idea that he was trying to make everyone happy so to speak and felt like it was his duty to uphold the law The colonists were able to buy inexpensive tea the East India Company was making money which avoided bankruptcy and the government was still getting money from taxes The moral judgment for Samuel Adams on the other hand was based on the idea that Parliament was trying to demonstrate its taxing power through the Tea Act Other concerns included the loss of profit from not being able to smuggle tea as well as parliament creating other monopolies HUM111 4 What steps do you believe Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson took toward becoming individuals and which steps ultimately made them such important historical figures Thomas Hutchinson most likely acknowledged the influences that had shaped his thinking and used that to his advantage Before his time as a Governor Hutchinson was very influential on others but he was also influenced by those same people Samuel Adams seemed to try to sort out his ideas and follow through with them He was an active protestor led organizations and was a leader of the extremists What made them both important historical figure was their refusal to give in Whether it was to keep from looking bad or the strong desire to get what they wanted each used any means necessary to follow through with what they thought was right 5 In this class we have discussed common habits that hinder critical thinking Which of these habits may have been a factor in how Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson viewed the issues that led to the Boston Tea Party How could they have overcome those habits For Samuel Adams the habits that were most likely factors were resistance to change stereotyping and selfdeception With Thomas Hutchinson the habits that influenced how he viewed the issues were probably face saving conformity and selfdeception also The easiest way to overcome all of these habits would have been to be objective and open to all ideas For face saving Hutchinson could have recognized that his ego was influencing his decisions allowing him to make better ones The resistance to change and stereotyping habits could have been avoided by taking a step back and realizing the big picture 6 What is one important distinction you could not overlook making when critically evaluating the information provided in these materials about the Boston Tea Party Clarify the importance of that distinction The main distinction I could not overlook was the distinction between the person and the idea Throughout school in almost every History class the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre are covered Having prior knowledge on the topics created an opinion of who I wanted to side with before I even read the material I realize however the importance of the distinction because accepting or rejecting ideas based on the person who expressed them can deprive people of information and cloud their judgment 7 What strategies of critical reading listening and viewing did you utilize when evaluating the provided materials Some strategies used for critical listening were to set aside preconceptions focus on the message and express my judgment I knew going into it that I already had an opinion on the topic before I had even started I had to make a conscious effort to set it all aside in order to understand everything and focus on the message For critical reading skimmed the work read the work reflected on my views and expressed judgment There wasn t anything that I saw that could be viewed but if I had viewed something I would have tried to stay objective to it and know that it s still open to errors HUM111 8 Considering what you have learned about the Boston Tea Party Samuel Adams and Thomas Hutchinson apply your creativity to describe what could have been done proactively to avoid the incident Instead of holding the ship at the dock Thomas Hutchinson could have taken some time to look at the entire situation objectively He could have also put his own ambitions and ego aside in order to make more clear and informed decisions instead of using his power as Governor to do what he thought was best Samuel Adams should have first tried to look at all aspects of the situation Had he done that he might have been able to look past the taxes and see that it was still beneficial to them If he still saw a problem getting a petition of some sort and trying to talk to Hutchinson should have been next Thinking of different scenarios and their outcomes could have been helpful to both parties 9 What techniques could you use to regain a level of curiosity about history or other subjects you learned previously in school Probably the first technique I could use to regain some curiosity is to look for the imperfections in things That would in a way give me something to look fonNard to when reviewing a subject and create a sense of motivation to look for those imperfections The next would be to search for the causes In science and other subjects looking for the cause of something can be just as exciting as waiting for the result Another is to recognize the opportunity in controversy That s how some of our greatest discoveries are made as well as changing what is accepted It requires people to actually think about a topic and possibly think of different ways to solve the problem 10 Explain at least two key elements for producing ideas that you believe led the American colonists to the Boston Tea Party and the eventual American Revolution The first element that helped produce ideas was to stimulate the imagination The very first step to this is to force uncommon responses Given the number of people that were involved the number of ideas that were produced could have easily influenced the Boston Tea Party This element requires the person to think outside the box which is exactly what happened Another method that helped produce ideas is aiming for originality The thought behind this was probably to the degree that nothing has works so far so something new and original must be tried in order to get their attention HUM111
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