Please select any three (3) of the following six questions and answer them to the best of your ability. Your answers will be based on your knowledge of the material covered in your lecture notes and the readings listed in your class schedule. These readings included sections from your textbook by Andrew Iarocci and Jeffrey Keshen, articles and chapters posted under the
â€œAdditional Assigned Readingsâ€ heading on Brightspace, and chapters from the book Out of the
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Shadows: Canada in the Second World War, which is available in electronic format through the Novanet online library catalogue. Please note, my assessment of your exam will be based on your use of these readings and lecture notes. No research in any further sources is required. If you base your answers on research in outside sources, such as Wikipedia and other internet sites designed for the general public, your exam may not be accepted or may receive a failing grade.
Each question is worth 20 marks. Total value of exam: 60 marks (35 % of the course grade).
- Compare and contrast the experiences of Canadian women during the First and Second World Wars. Be sure to examine womenâ€™s participation in both civilian and military contexts. Did one of the two conflicts feature more dramatic changes regarding the social status of women? Or did dramatic change not occur as a result of either war? Support your position with evidence.
- Do amateurs or professionals make the best soldiers? Be sure to support your position with specific evidence from Canadaâ€™s involvement in the South African War, the First World War, and the Second World War. In answering this question, do not forget to discuss the various attributes of professionalism and how they may apply to your position on this question, and do not forget to define and apply the concept of the Militia Myth.
- Does the effectiveness of a strategy or type of weapon justify its use in wartime if the result is mass destruction of civilian lives and property? Support your position by outlining the course and results of the strategic bombing campaign during the Second World War, making sure to highlight the prominent Canadian role in the campaign.
- Compare and contrast the Canadian governmentâ€™s handling of the conscription issue in both the First World War and the Second World War. In which conflict did the government handle conscription most effectively? Support your stance on this question.
- Select one of the following battles or campaigns and analyze the reasons why you believe it was successfully carried out or why it may have failed: Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, the Battle of the Atlantic, Operation Overlord.
- For the most part, did both world wars prove to be beneficial for visible minorities or other ethnic groups in terms of their status, rights, and general treatment within Canadian society? Or did tensions, inequalities, and prejudice generally increase during wartime? Or was there a blend of positive and negative outcomes depending on which ethnic groups one examines within the Canadian population? Whatever position you take, be sure to support it with evidence from both world wars.
Format: Please include a title page featuring your name, course number, course name, and the date. Simply title the document â€œTake Home Exam.â€ The text of your answers must be doublespaced and typed using Times New Roman font (12 point size) with 1 inch (2.54 cm) page margins. Number each of your answers with the corresponding number of the question, as it appears above. The font for your footnote citations for each answer can be smaller (down to 10 point size), and footnotes should be single-spaced.
Your answers for each of the three essay questions that you select should average three doublespaced pages in length (giving a total suggested average length of nine double-spaced pages for the completed exam, not counting the title page). If one of your answers is a bit shorter than three full double-spaced pages, that may be acceptable, depending on the nature of the question. But in any case, the text of your completed exam should not be less than eight full double-spaced pages in length, not counting the title page.
Please be sure to cite the sources of the ideas and information expressed in your answers using footnotes â€“ just as you would in a research essay. Citations for lecture material should appear like this example:
Class notes, HIST 2379 1, Canada at War, â€œRecruiting the CEF.â€
The title appearing in quotation marks in the above example is the title of one of our lectures. You will need to change the title given in this example to match the title of whatever lecture you wish to cite at any point in your exam. Titles for specific lectures may be found on Brightspace and on the first slide of each set of Power Points posted on Brightspace for the lectures.
Footnote citations for your textbook by Iarocci and Keshen, and for the electronic book,
Out of the Shadows, should employ the normal format for a book by two authors. If you use an additional article or chapter listed on the class schedule and found on Brightspace, then you should employ the citation format for a scholarly journal article or for an essay or chapter from an edited collection. See the History Departmentâ€™s online Style Manual for history essays for examples.
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