This exam comprises 15 short answer questions (3 points each) and one essay questions (5 points).  For the short answers, 2-4  sentences to a paragraph is expected, and for the essays one or two paragraphs is expected.  Exams will be graded out of 50 and results posted out of 25.  All work must be your own

Short answers (15 x 3 points):

  1. Define and provide an example of the Counter Hegemony school of thought as it applies to world’s fairs and pavilions.
  2. Define and discuss how world’s fairs are used for purposes of cultural hegemony.
  3. Why was the White City at the 1893 Columbian Exposition so popular, and how did it contrast the rest of Chicago at that time?
  4. What do event owners and host cities have as common goals, and how might their priorities differ?
  5. What characteristics of mega events may make them a source of corruption for some hosts?
  6. Identify and explain two constraints that event owners place on hosts.
  7. Geronimo was a popular attraction at world’s fairs of the late 1800s.  How and why did fairs use Geronimo and Native Americans?  What was the Native American response?
  8. Discuss why late 19th century fairs featured women’s pavilions and the competing roles these pavilions were expected to promote.
  9. Explain, and provide an example of the ways countries use architecture to make political statements at a world’s fair.  How can a building convey a political statement?
  10. The Midway and the Pike were each popular areas of the 1893 and 1904 world’s fairs. What were their functions and how did the public react?  Was there any opposition to these functions as part of a fair?
  11. What was the Futurama pavilion at the 1939 New York world’s fair, and what did it predict for the future? Evaluate the Pavilion film, To New Horizons, for its portrayal of the future city.
  12. Documentaries made for world’s fairs reveal values of a time and place. What does Century 21 Calling, the film made for AT&T at the 1962 Seattle world’s fair, show about life in the 1960s?
  13. Geopolitical issues are often an undercurrent at world’s fairs. Identify and explain one case where political tensions were expressed through world’s fairs.
  14. Why have US Pavilions since the 1990s been controversial?
  15. If you could visit any world’s fair, which one would it be and for what reasons?

Essay Question (1 x 5 points):

  1. Why and how did world’s fairs in the 19th and early 20th centuries focus so much on race an social hierarchy? How did different racial and ethnic groups respond to this focus and the experience of world’s fairs as subjects and participants?


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