FROM SPRING SEMESTER FINAL EXAMS
369: "The Development of Giftedness and Creativity" —
Professor Ellen Winner
You have received a phone call from the desperate parents of a highly
gifted child in a regular first grade classroom. They say their
daughter is four years ahead of the other kids in math and reading,
and that she is bored and unhappy in school and has no friends.
The parents know that you have just spent a semester studying gifted
children, and wonder what you can advise them in terms of schooling
for their child. Write a reply to them in which you describe all
of the possible options for the education of gifted children (including
keeping the child in the regular classroom). Tell them what the
research shows about the effectiveness (or non-effectiveness) of
each option. Then offer your advice, based on the research evidence.
arts 293: "The Museum of Art" — Professor Nancy
Netzer, director of Boston College's McMullen Museum of Art
You have been asked by the British Parliament to organize an exhibition
at the British Museum. The goal of the exhibition is (1) to explain
to Britons and foreign visitors the origins of museums from the
classical period to the present and (2) to speculate about new developments
in museum display in this century. Your essay should elaborate on
your overall concept for the exhibition and describe each of the
sections of your exhibition.
"Understanding Urban Ecosystems: Environmental Law and Policy"
— environmental lawyer Charles Lord; environmental lawyer
Aaron Toffler; and research associate professor of biology Eric
• There are several market-based approaches to environmental
protection. Using examples, discuss several of these approaches,
and explain how they could be used to improve the current command
and control method.
• Discuss how the geology of the Boston area has shaped its
ecology. Be sure to include issues of watershed function, human
settlement and expansion, proximity to the coast, and water recharge.
310: "Economic Psychology" — Professor Donald Cox
For each of the phenomena listed below, discuss a theory covered
in class that is most useful for analyzing it.
• Vampire bats share food with one another, and the only thing
that seems to matter in the donor's decision to share with a needy
bat is whether the potential recipient has shared with the donor
in the past.
• Campus unrest in the 1960s was often characterized by the
following paradoxical pattern. University administrations, seeking
to quell the unrest, would make concessions to protesters, only
to find that the protests would then escalate, both in size and
in militancy, after concessions were granted.