american art

from the colonial period to world war two

Remember the two Cardinal Rules for the exam

Answer the question

Don’t just describe what you see in the work or throw out random facts from the readings or lectures.

Analyze the works

An answer that does not include specific discussion of the form and subject matter of the work shown is certainly not a complete answer.


The exam will consist of:

• Some identifications of works on the study guide by artist, title, movement, and date (within 5 years either way).  Less than 10 points of the exam grades will be dedicated to dates.

• Some terms, in which I will give you a definition and you will need to give me the associated term.

• Some unknowns, in which I will show you a work and you will need to identify the movement and/or artist as specifically as possible, then give a brief analysis placing the work within the matrix of ideas we have been talking about in class.

• Some 1/2 page slide essays, in which I will show you a single work from the study-guide that you will need to identify and then analyze in relation to a leading question.

• Some full-page slide comparisons, in which I will show you a pair of works to identify and analyze in relation to a leading question.


Here are some handy flashcards of the works to know for exam 1.  Write the ID and  key concepts related to the image on the right, use 'em to study from, then fold them in half to quiz yourself.

Exam 1 flashcards

study guide

for exam 1