Study Guide for Mid-course Test
Note: The mid-course test will include background readings (links below) and authors up to and including John Muir (pages 3-88 in the Anthology).
- Review the background readings (Background #1, Background #2, and Background #3) and lecture notes for Thoreau, Twain, Whymper, Powell and Bird/Muir. I'll mention some specifics from these readings below.
- Know the names of each of the generations up to the Missionary Generation.. You don't need to know exact birth dates, but have a general idea of when they were born. Know the generational type for each generation up to the Missionary Generation. Know the general characteristics of the generations. (Background #1 has a good summary.)
- Know the differences between the generational types: Idealistic, Reactive, Civic, and Adaptive.
- Know the difference between the social movements: Secular Crisis and Spiritual Awakening.
- Know names of the landscape artists (and the one photographer). Many of these artists painted in the Hudson School of painting. Review their paintings. Also, know the difference between the landscape painting terms: beauty, picturesque, and sublime. (This is all covered in Background #3)
- Know the difference between these religious terms: regenerate, unregenerate, theism, deism, pantheism, Calvinism. (These are found in the Background #1 and Thoreau lecture notes.)
- Know the following romantics (those who embraced ideas from the Romantic Movement): William Bryd, William Bartram, Alexis de Tocqueville (Found in the Background #1)
- Two selections from Journal of a Trapper are found in Background #2). Here's quick review: In the first selection, Osborne Russell traveled up the Bear River to the present day town of Soda Spring. From there, he went on to Fort Hall. In the second selection, Russell rode toward Big Southern Butte but ran into waterless lava fields. He retreated north to the Birch Creek area and met Indians hunting buffalo. After a rest, he started off again, eventually finding his way to the Snake River and following it back to Fort Hall.
- Know these important western explorers from the post Civil War period: Clarence King, Ferdinand Hayden and John Wesley Powell (You'll find this in the Powell lecture notes).
- Know the difference between a metaphor and a literary allusion.
- Look over your corrected quizzes. You'll see similar questions on the test.
- Review the three stages of a transcendentalist's life (Thoreau lecture notes).
- Know the canyon where Powell lost one of the boats (called the "No Name"). Also in which canyon was traveling relatively easy? (From the reading and our discussion on Powell)
- Know dates of the Golden Age of Mountaineering. (From the lecture on Edward Whymper)
- Review the readings. Have a good idea of what happens in each reading. Know the names of the authors and the titles of their works. Get a feel for how the author writes. For example:
Who is the author of the following quote: "I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor."
And the answer would be?
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