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Monday, March 13, 2017

Midterm Exam Study Guide

MIDTERM EXAM STUDY GUIDE- Test is Monday, March 20

Note: This guide is posted on the class blog (charlestonbeyondthegrave.blogspot.com) in the top right corner “gadget” spot. This online version will have links to the material you need to study for the test.

There will be several elements to this test: terms/definitions, multiple choice, short answer and matching. A critique of your blogs will be worth 20 points on the 100 point test.

There will not be anything on this exam that is not included in this study guide. Your score on this test (number and letter grade) combined with a critique of your blog will determine your midterm grade. CofC uses the plus/minus grade scale: A, A-, B+, B, B- for  midterm and final grades. 

Test material will come from the following sources:
  1. Two course textbooks: “In the Arms of Angels” and “Stories Told in Stone” (specific page numbers to review will be given below)
  2.  Five Prezi presentations posted on the class website and linked below
  3. Various other links indicated below
  4. Homework handouts (3)- review all questions 
Textbook Material to Study and Review:
“In the Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery- Charleston’s Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry”
  • Pages 5-6, “Rural and Victorian Cemetery Movements”- Origins, influences, era (span in years)
  • Pages 10-15, “Other U.S. Victorian Cemeteries” – Review common traits and design elements of these cemeteries
  • Chapter 7, “A Modern Monument Maker’s Perspective” (pages 180-182)- review the things Richard Crites says are different today about how people handle the deaths and burials of family.
  • Chapter 9, “The Way It Was” (pages 192-200)- several questions may come from this chapter so know the buildings and other structures that Magnolia Cemetery once had that is has no longer.
  • Review pages 41-42 on the rare Parker grave monument style and the unusual accident that lead to the death of James Henry Parker

“Stories Told in Stone: Cemetery Iconology- A Manual for Genealogy Research”

  • Pages 9-12,  “The History of Cemeteries & Gravestones” – study terminology for this type of research; European and Victorian influences on churchyard customs and the new, larger cemeteries
  •  Pages 56-57, “Types of Cemeteries”- nine are listed with distinguishing characteristics/purposes
  •  Pages 90-91, “Visual Guide to Cemetery Monument Types”- there will be a match the marker/monument name with the correct image shown on the other side of the page
Prezi Presentations and Other Links
  • Course Overview-
    o   Examine the map and know approximately how many gravesites are on Charleston’s Peninsula 
    o   Know the difference between “graveyards” and “cemeteries”
  • Funeral and Cemetery Evolution-   
    • Know the origins of the words "funeral" and "cemetery"
    • Carefully review “The History of Funerals link (three common threads for death and disposition of the dead; “Funeral Rites Through Time” timeline
    • Be able to describe a few of the unique rituals described in the article, “Slaves Brought Burial Customs from Africa to the United States”
    • Review the Wikipedia entry on the Victorian Era
    • Be able to match the country with the custom after reviewing “Fascinating Funeral Traditions Around the Globe” article
    • Know the different types of cemeteries- see pages 56-57 in “Stories Told in Stone”
    • Review factors that have changed U.S. funeral and burial views and customs
  •  Cemetery Expert Ruth Miller’s Class Visit (my blog post)
    • Be familiar with the Charleston firsts and other cemetery/graveyard distinctions and religious influences 
  • Types of Grave Markers and Name These Grave Markers
    • These will be matching: photos of the different markers on one side, the names on the other side, so be able to correctly identify 10 or more (see also pages 90-91 in “Stories Told in Stone”)
    • Also review this “Quick Field Guide to Monument Types”
Test Breakdown:
  •  Blog Quality                                                                                  20 points
    • 5 Posts: About Me (expand on gadget version), Ruth Miller, St. Luke and St. Patrick Graveyards (10 marker types), Magnolia Cemetery, Ancestor Research and Presentation
    • Proofread everything and fix errors; have good headlines and leads, short paragraphs, two/more embedded links and label words
    • Blog Basics: About me with photo of yourself, three columns, these gadgets: page views, follow by email, search this blog
  •  Multiple Choice (15 questions)                                                  30 points
  • Short Answer (5 questions)                                                         10 points
  • Matching (3 parts)
  • Marker/Monument Types (15)                                                    30 points
  •  Funeral/Cemetery Traditions around World (5)                         10 points
      • 100 points 

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