History 250 DE

The Vietnam War

Unit 11

Final Exam

Bruce Haulman

 

Welcome to Unit 11 of The Vietnam War

Final Exam

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To complete this eleventh unit of the class you need to complete the Final Exam below.  Click here to email me your exam.  Remember to copy and paste your paper in your email.  That makes my life much easier!
  bhaulman@greenriver.edu


FINAL EXAM

The Vietnam War story is a lengthy one that has been told in fragments more so than in its entirety. This final exam allows you to summarize what you have learned about the  War and clarify the opinions you have formed.  Most available literature about the Vietnam War is from the American perspective. The following interpretations capture the major schools of thought on the war from the American side (they are arranged chronologically as they developed). For the final exam, you must choose one of the following schools of thought and be able to write a clear, coherent essay in support of its interpretation of American involvement in the Vietnam War. Should you not agree with any of the schools of thought, you can develop your own. Your essay should be no longer than 1000 words (about 4 pages typed double-spaced).

1. Orthodox: This interpretation was the first to emerge; it came together during the war. The main theme is that the United States engaged in a mindless anticommunist crusade that it could not win.

2. Revisionist: This interpretation holds that the United States did not blunder in to the war; the government was aware of each obstacle, did only the minimum required to avoid defeat, and was largely successful in doing so until it lost the most essential domino--US public opinion. Many military writers have used this interpretation to criticize a civilian-run war.

3. Advanced Revisionist: There are three sub-groups of advanced revisionists.

A. Clausewitzians: The civilians misunderstood the war and sent the military off to wage the wrong kind of war. Had the government attacked and invaded North Vietnam directly, the United States would have won the war.
B. Hearts and Minds: There was too much emphasis on conventional warfare and too little emphasis on pacification. These writers blame the military leaders for wasteful and ill-conceived strategy (i.e., Search and Destroy).
C. Legitimacists: This interpretation emphasizes the geo-political, moral, and ethical legitimacy of waging war in Vietnam. US national interests were at stake and the South Vietnamese government was viable until Diem was assassinated in 1963. That was the turning point.

4. Neo-Orthodox: The United States misread its own interests and Vietnamese realities in a doomed effort to build an independent Vietnam (a flawed form of containment).

Grading Criteria:  You will be evaluated on

v     How well you summarize and describe the School of Though you chose.

v     The clarity and Reasonableness of your argument.

v     Your writing.

 The rubric below, describes these criteria more fully.

Strategies for Proceeding:

v     Review your notes from the class; your readings; your unit postings, links, and briefings.

v     Write a clear thesis that states which School of Though you chose (or defines your own.

v     Be clear about the organizational points you will use in the body of your paper to support your choice of School of Thought.

v     Clearly identify incidents, individuals, strategies, and examples you will use in the body of your paper to support your argument.

v     Look for a creative way to introduce your paper and to give finality to your conclusion.

Edit your paper for appropriate writing conventions.

Here are the timelines to help you:

Timeline

Grading Rubric - Final Exam 200 Points

Writing Conventions - Introduction, Conclusion, and Organization (20  points)

 

5 points

4 points

3 points

2 or less points

Introduction and Conclusion

Intro sets up essay, conclusion bring closure

Intro is vague; Conclusion not specific

Intro limited and Conclusion weak

No Intro; No Conclusion

Points

 

 

 

 

 

15-13 points

12-10 points

9-7 points

6 points or less

Organization

Paragraphs relate to thesis logically, and to one another with clear transitions

Paragraphs generally relate to thesis logically; transitions are used

Two or more paragraphs do not connect logically to thesis; transitions are not adequate

Lack of thesis leads to unorganized paper; few transitions

Points

 

 

 

 

School of Thought (100 Points)

 

50-45 points

44-40 points

39-35 points

35 points or less

Description of Interpretation

Interpretation is well summarized with numerous examples

Interpretation is summarized well but only a few examples are used

Interpretation  not well summarized and few examples used

Not sure which interpretation you propose

Points

 

 

 

 

 

50-45 points

44-40 points

39-35 points

35 points or less

Clarity of Description

Interpretation is clearly stated, supporters are identified, and numerous examples are used to clarify

Interpretation used is clear but not well stated; no supporters are identified; few examples are used to clarify

Interpretation is not clear; no supporters are identified; no examples are used for clarity

Not sure which interpretation you propose

Points

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity and Reasonableness of Argument (50 Points)

 

20-18 points

17-15 points

14-12 points

12 points or less

Clarity of Argument

Clear thesis, well stated and specific

Thesis is obvious but is either not precise or too broad

Thesis is not obvious and/or weakly stated and needs revision

Lack of clear thesis

Points

 

 

 

 

 

20-18 points

17-15 points

14-12 points

12 points or less

Support for Argument

Argument is clear and supported with numerous and diverse examples that logically support your interpretation

Argument is clear and supported with a few examples that logically support your interpretation

Argument is clear but no examples are used to support your interpretation

Argument is in draft stage with little clarity

Points

 

 

 

 

 

10-9 points

8-7 points

6-5 points

4 points or less

Reasonableness of Argument

Examples are multiple, varied, and clearly and logically support your interpretation

A few examples are used to logically support your interpretation

Argument is logical but no examples are used to support your interpretation

Argument is in draft stage with no examples

Points

 

 

 

 

Writing Conventions - Clarity, Structure, and  Proofing (30  points)

 

10-9 points

8-7 points

6-5 points

4 points or less

Clarity

Writing is clear and precise

Writing is clear but precision lacking

Writing is confusing in places

Writing lacks clarity

Points

 

 

 

 

 

15-13 points

12-10 points

9-7 points

6 points or less

Sentence and Paragraph Structure

Sentences are varied and clearly stated; paragraphs have clear focus and multiple examples

Sentences are clearly stated; paragraphs have clear focus

Sentences are very simple and not varied; paragraphs not clearly focused

Incomplete, broken, or run-on sentences; paragraphs missing or have multiple ideas

Points

 

 

 

 

 

5 points

4 points

3 points

2 or less points

Grammar and Spelling

Paper has been proof read for grammar, spelling and diction; APA literary conventions have been followed

Paper has been proof read, but some grammar problems remain; spelling and APA literary conventions generally followed

Paper may not have been proof read, still has numerous grammar and spelling errors; fails to follow APA literary conventions

Paper is still at draft stage.

Points

 

 

 

 

Total Points - ญญญญ_____/ 200

 

This Final Exam concludes the eleventh unit of this class, and is the last thing due !!  Click here to email me your exam.  Remember to copy and paste your paper in your email.  That makes my life much easier!  bhaulman@greenriver.edu

Congratulations, You have completed History 250 The Vietnam War !!!

ฉ Bruce E. Haulman 2007