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Who read the Times, and what political, social, or economic groups did these readers represent? 2. New York Times, July 21, 1925, in Jeffrey P. Moran, The Scopes Trial: A Brief History with Documents (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2002), 161. indd 36 12/1/14 1:08 PM Using primary sources 3c 37 Focus your analysis on the assignment. Since the assignment asks you to compare the two sources, you should consider both the similarities and the differences in the sources and how the sources relate to each other.
Review your notes, syllabus, and texts. Identify the most important themes and issues of the course, and assemble the evidence that clarifies those themes. indd 46 12/1/14 1:08 PM Taking history exams 3f 47 Anticipate questions. Imagine that you are the professor faced with the task of creating the exam for this course. What questions would you ask? Framing your own exam questions and answering them can be a useful way of organizing your thoughts. 3f-2 Answering identification questions Professors often use identification questions as a way of testing your basic understanding of the material covered in the course.
The danger of compare/contrast essays is the tendency to compile “laundry lists” of similarities and differences without a central point or argument. To avoid this problem, focus your paper on a thesis statement that reflects your conclusion about what the similarities and differences in the sources can tell us. An example The Scopes trial received daily coverage by the media in cities throughout the United States and was the first trial to be nationally broadcast live on radio. Hundreds of reporters descended on the quiet southern town of Dayton.