History 118a final exam study guide

Your final examination will take place on Wednesday, June 14, 12:00–3:00 p.m. It will consist of a blue book essay that tests your familiarity with the basic arguments of your six course authors about conspiracy theories: Sunstein/Vermeule, Hofstadter, Walker, Olmsted, and Aaronovitch.

So be sure to review Sunstein/Vermeule’s entire essay, Hofstadter’s “Paranoid Style” essay, the introductions to Walker and Olmsted, and the last chapter of Aaronovitch (“Bedtime Story”). Anticipate an essay question that asks you to compare and contrast these variant ideas.

The essay question will also list four identifications and ask you to use them as examples in your essay. Here are the possible IDs. For studying purposes treat them as you would our regular course IDS:

Dark Alliance
Deep Throat
Jersey Girls
Magic Bullet
Mae Brussell
Operation Northwoods
Project Mogul
Mulder and Scully
The Enterprise

I anticipate that eight to ten pages of a blue book will suffice for your essay answer (in other words, bring a blue book!).

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