Saint Marys University
History 2379 1 Canada at War: Take-home Exam
Dr. David Campbell
Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Friday, August 24
Please select any three (3) of the following six questions and answer them to the best of your
ability. Your answers will be based on your knowledge of the material covered in your lecture
notes and the readings listed in your class schedule. These readings included sections from your
textbook by Andrew Iarocci and Jeffrey Keshen, articles and chapters posted under the
Additional Assigned Readings heading on Brightspace, and chapters from the book Out of the
Shadows: Canada in the Second World War, which is available in electronic format through the
Novanet online library catalogue. Please note, my assessment of your exam will be based on
your use of these readings and lecture notes. No research in any further sources is required. If
you base your answers on research in outside sources, such as Wikipedia and other internet sites
designed for the general public, your exam may not be accepted or may receive a failing grade.
Each question is worth 20 marks. Total value of exam: 60 marks (35 % of the course grade).
1. Compare and contrast the experiences of Canadian women during the First and Second World
Wars. Be sure to examine womens participation in both civilian and military contexts. Did one
of the two conflicts feature more dramatic changes regarding the social status of women? Or did
dramatic change not occur as a result of either war? Support your position with evidence.
2. Do amateurs or professionals make the best soldiers? Be sure to support your position with
specific evidence from Canadas involvement in the South African War, the First World War,
and the Second World War. In answering this question, do not forget to discuss the various
attributes of professionalism and how they may apply to your position on this question, and do
not forget to define and apply the concept of the Militia Myth.
3. Does the effectiveness of a strategy or type of weapon justify its use in wartime if the result is
mass destruction of civilian lives and property? Support your position by outlining the course
and results of the strategic bombing campaign during the Second World War, making sure to
highlight the prominent Canadian role in the campaign.
4. Compare and contrast the Canadian governments handling of the conscription issue in both
the First World War and the Second World War. In which conflict did the government handle
conscription most effectively? Support your stance on this question.
5. Select one of the following battles or campaigns and analyze the reasons why you believe it
was successfully carried out or why it may have failed: Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, the Battle of the
Atlantic, Operation Overlord.
6. For the most part, did both world wars prove to be beneficial for visible minorities or other
ethnic groups in terms of their status, rights, and general treatment within Canadian society? Or
did tensions, inequalities, and prejudice generally increase during wartime? Or was there a blend
of positive and negative outcomes depending on which ethnic groups one examines within the
Canadian population? Whatever position you take, be sure to support it with evidence from both
Format: Please include a title page featuring your name, course number, course name, and the
date. Simply title the document Take Home Exam. The text of your answers must be doublespaced and typed using Times New Roman font (12 point size) with 1 inch (2.54 cm) page
margins. Number each of your answers with the corresponding number of the question, as it
appears above. The font for your footnote citations for each answer can be smaller (down to 10
point size), and footnotes should be single-spaced.
Your answers for each of the three essay questions that you select should average three doublespaced pages in length (giving a total suggested average length of nine double-spaced pages for
the completed exam, not counting the title page). If one of your answers is a bit shorter than three
full double-spaced pages, that may be acceptable, depending on the nature of the question. But in
any case, the text of your completed exam should not be less than eight full double-spaced pages
in length, not counting the title page.
Please be sure to cite the sources of the ideas and information expressed in your answers using
footnotes just as you would in a research essay. Citations for lecture material should appear
like this example:
Class notes, HIST 2379 1, Canada at War, Recruiting the CEF.
The title appearing in quotation marks in the above example is the title of one of our lectures.
You will need to change the title given in this example to match the title of whatever lecture you
wish to cite at any point in your exam. Titles for specific lectures may be found on Brightspace
and on the first slide of each set of Power Points posted on Brightspace for the lectures.
Footnote citations for your textbook by Iarocci and Keshen, and for the electronic book, Out of
the Shadows, should employ the normal format for a book by two authors. If you use an
additional article or chapter listed on the class schedule and found on Brightspace, then you
should employ the citation format for a scholarly journal article or for an essay or chapter from
an edited collection. See the History Departments online Style Manual for history essays for
examples. A copy of the manual has been posted on our Brightspace website and is also
A separate bibliography page will not be required for the take-home exam. Footnote citations
will be sufficient for reference purposes. Your footnotes can be numbered continuously from one
answer to another throughout your exam. For example, if the last footnote for your first answer is
numbered 8, the first footnote for your second answer may be numbered 9, and so on.
Submission: Please note that this is a take-home exam. You will submit your completed exam to
the drop box that has been set up on Brightspace for . It is required that
you submit your three exam answers in a single document (preferably in MS Word or in a
compatible format). If, for some reason, you experience difficulty with Brightspace, you may
also submit the exam answers to me in an e-mail attachment. My e-mail address is:
Exam answers submitted after 11:59 p.m. on August 24 will be considered late. Three marks will
be deducted for each day the exam answers are overdue (weekends included). For example, an
exam that would normally receive a grade of 45 out of 60 will receive a grade of 42 if submitted
one day late. This is the equivalent of a 5 % penalty per day. Of course, in the event of illness
supported by a doctors note, or a verifiable family emergency, we can discuss the possibility of
extending the deadline.
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