This is an open-book exam. Feel free to use the assigned readings, lecture outlines, and notes. Do not use outside sources (like online
encyclopedias) – they will lead you astray and weaken your answers. I will be looking for answers that come from the assigned readings and lectures.
In your essays make sure to relate specific details from the lectures and readings to the broader themes of the history of technology that we
have covered. If you quote directly from the course materials, you need to cite the source, for example (Misa, pg 255). You do not need to cite the
Type your answers in the space directly below the question (not at the end). Use the same font type, size, and color. Do not delete any of
Part I. Short answer. Choose THREE of the following and write a paragraph (at least 100 words for each one). Make sure to 1) describe/define the
item and 2) discuss its importance to the history of technology. (10 points each)
1) Porter Beer
2) Ancillary products
3) Prince practitioners
4) Imperial supplies
6) Tacit Knowledge
7) “The Great Traffic”
Part II. Essay. Choose THREE of the following and write an essay for answer each (write at least 250 words for each one). (20 points each)
1. What four categories of technologies were the courts were interested in during Da Vinci’s era. Provide an example for each.
2. Industrialization dramatically changed the lives of the English people. Choose one of the English cities we covered in class and discuss how
they changed with the rise and expansion of industrialization.
3. Discuss THREE ways in which the introduction of the printing press in 15th century changed Europe society.
4. Describe two Dutch innovations in shipbuilding in the 17th century and their importance for the expansion of the Dutch empire.
5. Why did the Americans succeed in building the Panama Canal, where the French had failed?
Part III. Personal opinion. Discuss the following in a paragraph (at least 100 words). Use examples from the course. (10 points)
A. Choose one of the periods we have covered so far in the course and imagine how you would build a career in engineering (or some aspect of
technology). What would you need to succeed? What would you build, how and why would you build it?
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