ID Quiz Example

HIST120 Students,

Remember that THIS Wednesday February 26, 2014 is the ID Quiz in lecture. You will have a choice of ten IDs and you need to answer five of them. We are looking for the Who, What, Where, and Why (i.e. the larger significance). Below I’ve posted an example of a comprehensive ID that would receive full marks. However, remember there is not only one right answer and what really matters is how well you connect IDs to the ‘larger contexts’ of the course. You can also answer in bullet points or organize you answer by question. I personally prefer paragraph format. If you have any further questions, feel free to email me.



Example as an ID: J. Christopher Stevens.

J. Christopher Stevens was a former American ambassador who served in the Middle East and North Africa. He was murdered in Benghazi, Libya on September 11-12, 2012 along with three other Americans. Stevens was posted in Libya to help with the post-Qaddafi reconstruction of the country. In 2011, the long-standing dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, was overthrown after a series of protests broke out and eventually developed into a civil war. These events are part of the larger movement known as the Arab Spring. These protests were  successful in overthrowing Qaddafi because of the widespread discontent with his corrupt rule,  the growing expectations among the large youth demographic, an economic downturn in the region, and the widespread use of social media. Furthermore, the Libyan protests were aided by NATO aerial strikes. The assassination of Stevens has become a controversial issue for the Obama administration, especially former UN representative Susan rice, over whether there was prior knowledge of the attack and who was responsible. The timing of the attack coincided with protests over an inflammatory youtube video, which insulted the Prophet Muhammed. However, there exists evidence that the Benghazi attack was the work of al-Qaeda affiliated groups. Debates over the responsibility for the assassination continue and have negatively influenced American public support for Arab Spring protests.


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