HUM101_Fall2017 requires you to take 4 written exams. 

Your grades from the 4 exams, averaged together, count for 25% of your overall course grade.  

EXAM ONE: Rubrics One and Two (What does it means to be human? / Visual Images)

This first exam covers terms, concepts, art works, and artists from class discussions and assignments from Rubric One and Rubric Two. 

The test is comprised of a various types of questions: matching, true or false, short response, and essays. 

The essays require you to discuss two works of art from the list below. You will need to know who created the work,
the century (not the specific date) and the culture in which the work was created, the medium (film, oil paint, wood block print, acrylic paint, etc.), and the content of the work such as images, lines, colors, shapes, (what can be seen when you look at the work), as well as the dominating emotion of the work and what elements create that emotion. Merely expressing your opinion about the art work will not earn you a passing grade.


Be able to explain or give a definition of each of the terms and concepts below, and be able to identify the artists and works of art.  

the humanities

differences between painting and photography

visual literacy 

landscape painting


abstract expressionism 

documentary photography



The following terms from pages 5-7 of A Beginner's Guide to the Humanities:

  • representational image (also called figurative image)
  • non-objective (also called non-figurative image)
  • portrait, landscape, and narrative types of visual images
  • medium
  • composition
  • foreground, middle ground, background
  • perspective

The following photographic genres from page 118 of A Beginner's Guide to the Humanities:

  • pictorialism
  • straight
  • documentary
  • photojournalism

JR Artist

George Steer

Cave of Forgotten Dreams by Werner Herzog (documentary film)

Magic of the Image: Photography Revealed 

Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers

A View Near Volterra / Jean-Baptiste Corot

Starry Night / Vincent Van Gogh

Bedtime Aviation / Rob Gonsalves

Guernica / Pablo Picasso

Double Portrait, Marci / Latoya M. Hobbs

Maple Leaves at Mama / Ando Hiroshige 

Monroe County House with Yellow Datura / Beverly Buchanan 

The Tribute Money / Masaccio

Migrant Mother / Dorothea Lange 

Buddhist Retreat by Stream and Mountain / Juran 

Autumn Rhythm 1950, Mural 1943, and Convergence / Jackson Pollock 

EXAM TWO: Rubric Three (Literature)

The Literature exam is made up of a various types of questions: matching, true or false, short response, fill-in-the-blanks, and two essays. The exam covers the terms, concepts, art works, and artists from class discussions and reading assignments.


Be familiar with the following terms, concepts, works and artists.

oral literature
points of view: first person, third person singular, third person omniscient
short story
magic realism
poetry: narrative, dramatic, lyrical
lyric poetry
Shakespearean sonnet (structure, meter, rhyme scheme; specific sonnets listed further down on this page)
iambic pentameter
iambic tetrameter

Tchin and "Rabbit's Wish for Snow"

Gene Tagaban and "Rabbit"

Haudenosaunee Confederacy: what it is, its principles and values

Haudenosaunee story "Hodadenon: The Last One Left and the Chestnut Tree"

Samish Indian Nation: what is is, its principles and values

Maiden of Deception Pass, Guardian of Her Samish People (documentary film)

Native Voices–American Passages: A Literary Survey

Gabriel García Márquez and Gregory Rabassa: "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children" 

Robert Frost and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

William Shakespeare and "The Seven Ages of Man," Sonnets #18#19#29, #65, #130 

The Sonnet Project  

Akala and "Hip-hop and Shakespeare?"

EXAM THREE: Rubric Four (Theatre)

The Theatre exam is made up of a various types of questions and 2 short essays. It covers the terms, concepts, art works, and artists from class discussions and assignments. 


Ai Weiwei, Human Flow and "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors"

theatre (also spelled "theater")

elements of ancient Greek tragedy 

Aristotle and his views on tragedy 

protagonist (the tragic figure in a tragedy is the protagonist)





"the Fourth Wall" and "breaking the fourth wall" 

Sophocles and Sophocles' play Antigone

characters, themes, conflicts of Antigone

Antigone, BBC production, 1986: Don Taylor, translator and director 

Jean Anouilh, French playwright

Jean Anouilh's Antigone (1944)

Antigone, 1974 English language version of Jean Anouilh's Antigone

Lewis Galantière, translator of Anouilh's Antigone

Gerald Freedman, director of English language version of Anouilh's Antigone

EXAM FOUR: Rubric Five (Ethics Philosophy)

The Ethics Philosophy exam is made up of a various types of questions and essays. It covers the terms, concepts, art works, philosophies, and philosophers from class discussions and assignments.


Be familiar with the following from required readings, videos, and class discussions.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Martha Nussbaum  

The ancient Egyptian concept of Ma'at 

The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

The Egyptian Negative Confession, also known as the 42 Declarations of Purity or the 42 Declarations of Innocence

The weighing of the heart ceremony (ancient Egypt)



The Nicomachean Ethics 

Atistotle's golden mean

happiness / human flourishing: according to Aristotle and according to the Stoics

virtue (excellence)

excess, deficiency, the intermediate (the golden mean) 

"Confucianism": video interview with Boston University professor Stephen Prothero


Robert Eno

Confucian guidelines for human relationships

Confucian Analects 




Reciprocity (The Golden Rule)

Basic themes of Stoicism

Marcus Aurelius


Seneca on anger

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