Hum 111 Midterm

Appendix A
Midterm Exam
·       Access the Week Four Electronic Reserve Readings located under the materials section of the student website.
·       Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
·       Write a paragraph of approximately 100 words for each of the following questions.
1.     Using the critical thinking skills you have gained and the materials provided for this assignment, identify two possible strategies that Thomas Hutchinson or Samuel Adams, or both, likely used to develop and improve his thinking prior to taking a stand and acting according to his beliefs.
  I believe prior to taking a stand and acting according to his beliefs Samuel Adams reflected on his views. I like to imagine Samuel Adams as a very calculating individual. Therefore, I can easily imagine that he put quite a bit of thought into what his views were and what the implications of his actions would be. However, in contrast to this, I think Samuel Adams did not set aside preconceptions. Quite the contrary, I think it was his bias on the subject that drove him ultimately into action. I am not saying he did not take the time and think things through, but when dealing with an unfair government let us just say things can get dicey. I think of the Boston Tea Party as revolutionary guerilla warfare. It was a protest, but decidedly not peaceful.
2.     Explain the importance of building a foundation for critical and creative thinking when evaluating historical events such as the Boston Tea Party.
  This question reminds me of the story about the wise man who built his house on the rock and the foolish man who built his on the sand. I think that no matter what anyone strives to do in this life a proper foundation is always necessary for success. However, I think in this instance it is important to be sensitive to other’s needs, justice, and fairness. When I stop and evaluate historical events such as the Boston Tea Party, I always try to think about how the other side might...