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1. (TCO 1) A characteristic of the Neolithic revolution was the movement of people to villages because (Points : 5) cooperation was required to maintain the new technologies.
numbers were necessary for defense.
more workers were needed for the factories.
only the priests knew how to make fire.

2. (TCO 1) Landes argues that the invention of spectacles in Europe not only made it possible for craftsmen to work longer, it also
(Points : 5)
pushed Arabic cultures to develop fine instruments.
encouraged the move to replication in Europe.
led to the invention of the telescope in 1300.
led to the development of the printing press in China.

3. (TCOs 2 & 8) Edgerton counters the theory of distinct successive technological revolutions by explaining that
(Points : 5)
the expansion of agricultural production has coincided with the growth of modern services.
the revolutionary nature of each leap forward was rooted in political instability.
the information highway has replaced shipping in importance in the Chinese economy.
the decrease in agricultural production has coincided with a decrease in industry.

4. (TCOs 2 & 8) During the Protestant Reformation, the printing press
(Points : 5)
created a new desire for books.
became popular in Muslim countries.
was used by the Catholic church to fight heresy.
helped to satisfy a growing demand for vernacular books.

5. (TCO 4) Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of Wiki art? (Points : 5)
It is dynamic and ever-changing.
It is collaborative.
It can involve music, poetry, video, and stories.
It relies on the talents of trained professional artists.

6. (TCO 4) According to Winner, the use of computer technologies to supervise workers is
(Points : 5)
an inevitable consequence of technical changes.
a reflection of a political relationship.
necessary in a modern world.
preferred by workers over a human supervisor.

7. (TCO 8) The term Luddite refers to (Points : 5)
investors in industrial society.
church leaders who supported child labor.
workers who rejected new technologies.
politicians who resisted factory reforms.

8. (TCO 11) The intended reader of a scholarly resource would be (Points : 5)
All of the above

9. (TCO 12) Bill Joy compares the threat of self-replicating nanotechnology with
(Points : 5)
the use of living cells in genetic engineering.
the use of uranium in nuclear weapons.
the threat of neo-Luddites.
the proliferation of chemical weapons.

10. (TCO 12) The unintended effects of e-mail are (Points : 5)
social isolation.
blurring of our public and private lives.
increased threats to privacy.
All of the above

These essays should be a minimum of five paragraphs in length each. They should contain a clear thesis statement in the first paragraph (an answer to the question!). Make sure your explanation is clear and that you provide specific examples. Any quotes from the readings or external materials must include quotation marks and an in-text citation.

(TCOs 1 & 2) Landes argues that there were cultural differences between the East and Middle East and the West that affected the development and application of some technologies such as the clock. Did these differences also affect the way these cultures approached information technologies such as the printing press? Can you make a comparison with the different approaches taken by Eastern and Middle Eastern and Western cultures today and current information technologies?
(Points : 50)

2. (TCOs 4 & 8) Both Winner and Joy explore the issue of technology and control. How would you compare their two views of current technological development? Focus the comparison on a specific technology, such as genetically modified organisms. (Points : 50)

3. (TCOs 3 & 4) Has the development of digital technologies democratized the art of photography? How has this affected our appreciation of the photographer as artist and photography as an art form? Explain using specific examples. (Points : 50)


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