Although “objective” examinations (true/false, multiple choice, matching) may appear to
support a belief in objectivity and to call for simple rote memorization, exam questions
about people and cultural practices cannot avoid the reader‟s interpretation. Art History
220 examinations are designed to take good advantage of this point by provoking thought
about the course material and making test-taking a learning experience. Examination
questions work with the course material to prompt you to demonstrate the following:
a. a basic understanding of lecture information
b. use and understanding of text and film information
c. curiosity about the relevance of history to contemporary lives
d. an ability to think about connections and relationships among people, their art and
e. an ability to transfer and question information about one society, work of art
and/or cultural practices to another object and/or context
f. a recognition of tactics for organizing information which you have gained by
understanding my organization of the course material. I organize most of the
course materials and lectures through the use of theoretical concepts for visual
analysis. For example, lectures on “archaic” Greek sculpture are developing a
theme about the representation of the hero as a means to talk about Greek
You may choose to write up to five rebuttals during the quarter. A rebuttal gives you
an opportunity to respond to a question that you had „wrong‟ on an examination by
posing a convincing argument that explains why you answered as you did. If your
rebuttal is argued well, I will give you the point for the question, even if I still do not
agree with the answer.
Each rebuttal consists of one or more paragraphs that present a case for your answer as a
correct answer. Remember that one sentence does not constitute a paragraph. A
rebuttal clearly and cogently explains your process of reasoning that brought you to
your conclusion. Your goal is to convince me that your interpretation of the information
is reasonable and appropriate. If your argument is well-reasoned so that it leads me to
general agreement, you will receive a point for the question. You will receive a point for
each question for which you write an accepted rebuttal. A maximum of 5 rebuttals may
be submitted in during the quarter.
Your name and student number.
The question number and the answer that you gave for that question.
An essay written with complete sentences and organized paragraphs.
Presentation: 12-point, double spaced, and one-half to one page in length.