African American Essays

Instructions

Test 1 will be placed here on Wednesday, September 2 at 12:00 a.m.  The test covers Weeks 1 & 2 Course materials and Discussions.  It should take about 3-4 hours to do. Review it on September 2, and plan out when you will work on the test in the coming week.  You do not have to complete it in one sitting.

The test is due on Tuesday, September 8, at 11:30 p.m.  This test counts for 20% of your course grade and should be placed in the Assignment Folder.

Each test is worth 200 points. You may use the Internet and all the materials presented in the previous weeks’ materials to answer the questions.

The test includes 10 in-depth identifications and an essay which must be at least 4 pages long with a thesis, evidence, and conclusions.

The essay must include quotes from the materials in the course and consistently use either MLA, APA, or Chicago citation style.  Indicate at the start of your test which citation style you are using.

At the end of the test, the students must have a comprehensive page of full citations.

Note:  Any time there is a grading item telling you to use “Chicago,” infer that you may use MLA, APA, or Chicago, but you must have identified which one at the start of the essay.  You must also use only that ONE citation style!

AASP 201 – African American History and Culture – Fall 2020 Test 1

Part One: Identifications (10 points each; 100 points total)

This section requires you to write short answers to each identification question. There are 20 identification questions from which you will choose ten to do for this test. Each response is worth 10 points each. Each answer must address the 5 areas listed below. Answers should be no more than one paragraph in length (5-6 sentences):

a) Identify the individual named, the author, the instigator, the event, and/or other key groups of people (2 points)

b) Discuss what the identification term or name is about (2 points)

c) Describe when the identification term occurred (2 points)

d) Describe where it occurred (2 points)

e) Explain why it affected the lives of African Americans (2 points)

From this list, pick TEN items to identify:

1) American Colonization Society

2) The “New World” is discovered

3) “Black Studies at the Crossroads”

4) Christian conversion of enslaved people in N. America

5) John Punch

6) Eli Whitney and “King Cotton”

7) Purchase of the Louisiana Territory

8) Passage of the U.S. Constitution

9) First Annual Convention of People of Color

10) Frederick Douglass

11) Fugitive Slave Laws

12) The Atlantic Slave Trade Triangle – Europe/Africa/the Americas

13) National law ending the importation of African slaves

14) “Moral” reasons FOR slavery

15) Underground Railroad

16) Nat Turner’s Rebellion

17) William Lloyd Garrison

18) Dred Scott v. Sanford

19) Martin Delany

20) The Second Middle Passage

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Part Two: Essay (100 points)

Students are required to answer one out of two essay questions. The essay portion must be 4 pages in length, double-spaced, numbered, include 1-inch margins, and use 12-point Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font. Aim for about 1,000 words.

Option 1: In North America, how did market forces and the desire for wealth shape the purchase and use of African slaves from 1619 to 1860? Describe at least three ways in which the slave trade evolved during that time period. Explain why Northern states moved away from slavery whereas Southern states did not.

 

Or

 

Option 2: White Americans used reasons from religion, ethics, culture, and science to demean and enslave people of African descent. How did both free and enslaved black people demonstrate these racist notions were untrue from 1800-1860? Be sure to address the religious, ethical, cultural, and scientific achievements that undermined whites’ judgments of black Americans.

 

The essay must include in-text citations and have an end page listing all the sources you used. Write at the top of your essay which citation format you are using – MLA, Chicago, or APA.

The essay will include three main parts—the Thesis/Introduction, Arguments and Evidence, and a Conclusion.

The Introduction section should clearly state the thesis within the first 1-2 paragraphs. The thesis must be relevant and appropriate to the argument and demonstrate an accurate and complete understanding of the question. This section should make it clear which question you are answering, but it should do more than restate the question by offering a brief response and it should be free of grammar and spelling errors.

The Argument/Evidence section (2-3 pages) should incorporate pertinent details from assigned coursework and readings, but you may also use relevant outside readings. The section must provide relevant historical evidence to support the thesis and the key claims made in the argument as needed. It should maintain focus and avoid sidetracking. It should present your answer to the question clearly and concisely in an organized manner and it should be free of grammar and spelling errors.

The Conclusion section should be in the last part of your essay within the last 1-2 paragraphs. It should briefly restate the thesis and summarize the main points of the argument. It should also demonstrate insight and understanding regarding the question asked, and it should be free of grammar and spelling errors.

Page with full citations of the resources used in the essay.

Scoring rubric for the essay portion:

Criteria          
Mechanics – 10 points (5 criteria):

4 double-spaced pages in length; pages are numbered; 1-inch margins included; 12 point Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font used; a cover page with identifying information included

All 5 criteria are present with 0-1 error = 9-10 points 4 of 5 criteria are present OR all 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors = 8 points 3 of 5 criteria are present OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors = 7 points 2 of 5 criteria are present OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors = 6 points 0 or 1 of 5 criteria are present OR 2 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with more than 7 errors = 5 points
Citations – 10 points (5 criteria):

In-text & Works Cited page included; MLA-style used; selected sources are appropriate to the topic; citations support assertions made in the essay; footnotes/endnotes used in each instance where detailed explanations would distract from the argument

All 5 criteria are present with 0-1 error = 9-10 points 4 of 5 criteria are present OR all 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors = 8 points 3 of 5 criteria are present OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors = 7 points 2 of 5 criteria are present OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors = 6 points 0 or 1 of 5 criteria are present OR 2 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with more than 7 errors = 5 points
Thesis/Introduction – 10 points (5 criteria):

Clearly stated within the first 1-2 paragraphs; relevant & appropriate to the argument; demonstrated an accurate & complete understanding of the question(s); did more than restate the question(s) & offer a brief response; free of grammar & spelling errors

All 5 criteria are present with 0-1 error = 9-10 points 4 of 5 criteria are present OR all 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors = 8 points 3 of 5 criteria are present OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors = 7 points 2 of 5 criteria are present OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors = 6 points 0 or 1 of 5 criteria are present OR 2 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with more than 7 errors = 5 points
Argument – 60 points (5 criteria)

Incorporated pertinent details from assigned coursework & outside readings when permitted; provided relevant historical evidence to support the thesis & key claims in the argument as needed; maintained focus & avoided being sidetracked; presented answer clearly & concisely in an organized manner; 2-3 pages in length and free of grammar and spelling errors

All 5 criteria are present with 0-1 error = 54-60 points 4 of 5 criteria are present OR all 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors = 48-53 points 3 of 5 criteria are present OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors = 42-47 points 2 of 5 criteria are present OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors = 36-41 points 0 or 1 of 5 criteria are present OR 2 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with more than 7 errors = 35 points
Conclusion – 10 points (5 criteria)

Clearly stated within the last 1-2 paragraphs; briefly restated the thesis; summarized the main points of the argument; demonstrated insight & understanding regarding the question(s); free of grammar & spelling errors

All 5 criteria are present with 0-1 error = 9-10 points 4 of 5 criteria are present OR all 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors = 8 points 3 of 5 criteria are present OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors = 7 points 2 of 5 criteria are present OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors = 6 points 0 or 1 of 5 criteria are present OR 2 of 5 criteria are present with 2-3 errors OR 3 of 5 criteria are present with 4-5 errors OR 4 of 5 criteria are present with 6-7 errors OR all 5 criteria are present with more than 7 errors = 5 points