ANTB26: The Middle East & North Africa: Past and Present
FINAL TAKE HOME EXAM
DUE: Monday morning 11 am, April 19 via assignment link – NO LATE SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED
WORTH: 25% of overall course grade
This exam was designed to be completed in a 3hr seated final exam, but I am providing the class one
week to work on this exam. Keep this in mind when allocating time for this exam.
This final consists of a series of short essay questions. You will choose 3 out of the 4 to answer (10 pts.
each, 30 pts total). You should be sure to define key terms AND illustrate your arguments with specific
examples (ethnographic data) from your readings and online course content. You should not be drawing
on any material from outside the course for this exam. In illustrating your main point, you should not use
the same example in more than one question. You want to highlight the breadth of your understanding
of our course content.
Each question should not be longer than 350wrds (that is 1,050wrds total for the exam). Make an effort
to stick to word limits and include a word count after each response. Your exam should be 12pt font,
double spaced and uploaded in .doc or compatible format. Remember to cite where necessary but do
not unnecessarily quote long sections of text. You will be evaluated on your ability to SYNTHESIZE the
materials from the course readings and discussions into your own arguments.
1. In each section of this term, the issue of embodiment has been highlighted as something that
shapes social life for individuals in the Middle East. Compare two instances in our coursework
where embodiment was used in analysis to highlight what the concept can offer to
2. What does a focus on intersectionality contribute to analysis when trying to understand the
social world of individuals?
3. We read early on that the study of Orientalism has shaped how anthropological work is
conducted in the Middle East. Through discussing a specific example, argue how the concept has
influenced the study of peoples in/from Arab majority societies?
4. Why would an anthropologist focus on every-day practices in the anthropological study of
resistance or governing in the Middle East? 学霸联盟