February 15, 2005
20050215: Economics 113: First Midterm Exam
Yes, they've taken the first midterm exam.
Posted by DeLong at February 15, 2005 04:22 PM
I'd be interested in seeing the solutions.
Posted by: Macneil at February 16, 2005 09:17 AM
As a recent college graduate and a prospective Berkeley grad student (political science), I was somewhat disappointed in this test.
Requiring one or two sentence summaries invites students to memorize a wide range of details with little depth. I can visualize students sitting around a dorm late at night tossing each other hints: "49ers? ... Let's see, those were prospectors driven west by the promise of gold and the ensuing entrepreneurial activities that might result by meeting the needs of miners. Okay, next."
I always had essays in my midterms (at the same undergrad college that Prof. DeLong attended). They may not require a broad knowledge of all points covered in lectures, but they were exercises in complex reasoning and argumentation that have served me well in my brief post-college life.
[Have you read what the purpose of this particular test is?]
Posted by: Adam at February 16, 2005 11:45 AM
As an undergrad taking a similar course at another institution, I find it interesting in the similarities and differences brought up by perusing this test. While I am confident I can answer most of the questions, I'm not familiar with the Spanish Empire in North America. However, we focused much more on Native American uses of the land and their push Westward, as well as the economics of Slavery - two subjects apparently absent from your course.
[Have you read the syllabus?]
Posted by: Ryan Early at February 17, 2005 10:44 AM
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