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Appendix A
Midterm Exam
Access the Week Four Electronic Reserve Readings located under the materials section of
your student website.
Read, watch, and listen to the media presented on the Boston Tea Party.
Write a paragraph of approximately 100 words for each section listed below.
1. Using the critical thinking skills you have gained so far and referring to the materials
provided for this assignment, identify two possible strategies that Thomas Hutchinson or
Samuel Adams likely used to develop and improve their thinking as those historical
events unfolded prior to taking a stand and acting according to their beliefs.
The first strategy Samuel Adams used to develop his thinking was curiosity. He started by
looking for the imperfections in things. As the situation gradually became worse due to
taxation laws, the Adams began to think about things that could be improved to better the
situation. He began to see that others shared his discontent and along with them, he was
able to recognize the opportunity in the controversy. The second strategy could have
simply been observation. He was able to see each event as it happened which allowed
him to avoid the hearsay of others and get a first-hand opinion of what was happening.
2. Explain the importance of building a foundation for critical and creative thinking when
evaluating historical events such as the Boston Tea Party.
Building a foundation for critical thinking is important in a number of ways. The first
reason is to help a person understand their free will. This enables them to recognize how
influence affects each decision. Another reason is it shows the importance of truth by
acknowledging different ways of interpreting it along with the idea that people do not
create truth. Building a foundation also allows people to realize the difference in knowing
something and thinking they know it. Building a foundation essentially covers the basics
of critical thinking to ease the challenge of not only changing, but developing thinking
skills.
3. Explain the basis of the moral judgments made by Samuel Adams and Thomas
Hutchinson.
The basis of moral judgment made by Thomas Hutchinson came from the idea that he
was trying to make everyone happy so to speak and felt like it was his duty to uphold the
law. The colonists were able to buy inexpensive tea, the East India Company was making
money which avoided bankruptcy, and the government was still getting money from
taxes. The moral judgment for Samuel Adams on the other hand, was based on the idea
that Parliament was trying to demonstrate its taxing power through the Tea Act. Other
concerns included the loss of profit from not being able to smuggle tea as well as
parliament creating other monopolies.
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