How I Would Study for the Final Exam 1) Have you done ALL of the reading? If not DO IT NOW! There's still time to repent before the judgment! It has been calculated that the "apocalypse" will occur on Wednesday, May 7 at 2:45 PM. (Unlike William Miller, your professor is certain that this date is correct! So don't count on a "Great Disappointment"!) There WILL be questions on the exam about things in the reading that we did not cover in class. (Remember your reading is a supplement to what we cover in class. Not just going over the same things).
Here's the reading you should have done for this exam:
Albanese 49-71; 217-238; 250-278; 283-292
Deck, "The Challenge of Evangelical/Pentecostal Christianity to Hispanic Catholicism"
Shipps, "The Genesis of Mormonism"
Sarna, "The Debate over Mixed Seating in the American Synagogue"
Moore, "Seeking Jewish Spiritual Roots in Miami and Los Angeles"
Eck: 80-140; 142-180
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, "The Church Under Fire: How Much is Fair?"
Kelly, "Violating a Sacred Trust"
Buckley, "Lawlessness in Boston"
Udel-Lambert, "Born in the U.S.A.";
Hathout, "Challenges Facing American Muslim Women"
Hasan, "Halal, Haram and Sex and the City"
Emerick, "The Fight for the Soul of Islam in America"
Khan, "A Memo to American Muslims"
2) Reading Listed On the Syllabus that will NOT be on the Exam. As announced in class, you do NOT have to read the following material:
Eck 222-251; 260-290
Brown, "The Power to Heal in Haitian Vodou" (in Hackett)
3) Go back over your notes from class. Look for major ideas and concepts.
4) Do you have a good understanding of the major people, movements/denominations,
events, concepts, beliefs etc. covered so far in the course? Here's what we have
The Status of Muslim Women in American Islam: Problems and Opportunities
5) Here are some examples of major ideas, concepts and persons from the class notes and the reading. DON'T just memorize quick meanings for these terms. Instead, think about the wider context and how they fit within American religion and culture:
World Parliament of Religions (in America 1893 and 1993)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
6) Use the course online discussion forum to ask questions about things in your notes and to help each other review for the exam. In addition to help from other people in the class, I will be checking into the forum from time to time up through the day of the exam and answering questions too. Ask SPECIFIC questions about things you do not understand. Don't ask general questions. Example of a good question: "I'm not sure I understand what Jehovah's Witnesses believe about holidays. Do they celebrate Christmas?" Example of a lousy question: "Could someone summarize Shipps' article for me?" Also DON'T list five or ten (or fifteen! or twenty!) major terms or concepts and ask people to define them for you. In other words the purpose of the forum is NOT to try to cover up for the fact that you haven't done the reading.