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Summer 2004 Answer any TWO questions choosing ONE from each section

2 hours

Please answer each question in a separate answer booklet SECTION 1


1. How accurate is the statement that: Cannibalism not culture best describes the Caribbean region that Columbus stumbled upon in the 15th Century. 2. To what extent were 15th Century European voyages of exploration into the Caribbean motivated by the urge to spread the Gospel? 3. Discuss the impact of the Encomienda system on the pre sugar economy and society of the Caribbean. 4. To what extent is it true to say that enslaved people working in urban areas enjoyed better lives than those working in rural areas? 5. How did Caribbean sugar planters resolve the labour problem facing them in the 19th Century?

SECTION 2
6. Discuss the issues that must be considered when one attempts to define a Caribbean identity. 7. To what extent were Christian churches in the Caribbean interested in the elimination of societal abuses that had emerged with Caribbean enslavement? 8. Discuss the role of festivals like Carnival in the forging of a Caribbean identity. 9. Discuss the role of the historian in the creation and dissemination of ideas concerning Caribbean civilisation. 10. Gender has always been an organizational principle within Caribbean societies. Discuss.

June 2004 Distance Answer any TWO questions choosing ONE from each section
2 hours Please answer each question in a separate answer booklet

SECTION 1
1. Dull, boring and completely irrelevant to my main area of study How accurate is this comment on the work that Caribbean historians do? 2. Why did the people Columbus encountered in the 15th century Caribbean almost totally disappear within fifty years of his arrival? 3. Discuss the practical and theoretical reasons that facilitated Europes exploration of the Caribbean in the 15th century 4. Why have historians argued that to work on a sugar estate was nothing less than a death sentence? 5. Discuss the ways in which the labour problem facing the British Caribbean planters in the 19th century led to demographic diversity in Caribbean society.

SECTION 2
6. Examine the process of identity formation in the Caribbean. 7. By citing Caribbean examples discuss how imperialism has affected the thrust for true independence in the Caribbean. 8. Why is Haiti so important to the Caribbean? 9. Discuss the reasons why cricket is viewed by many in the Caribbean as more than just a game. 10. What purpose, if any, do Caribbean festivals serve?

June 2004 Face to face Answer any TWO questions choosing ONE from each section
2 hours

Please answer each question in a separate answer booklet SECTION 1


1. Does the description primitive beings with no culture accurately describe the people Columbus encountered in the 15th century Caribbean? 2. To what extent can the reasons for European exploration in the 15th century Caribbean be summed up as the search for gold. ? 3. Why did the Caribbean become the cockpit of Europe? 4. Compare general notions of slavery in West Africa and the Caribbean in the 18th century. 5. Was East Indian indentureship the success that the planters and immigrants hoped it would be?

SECTION 2
6. Discuss how the idea of Diasporic double consciousnesses affects identity formation for Caribbean peoples. 7. Discuss the functions of religion and education in the creation of Caribbean societies. 8. Does a Caribbean culture exist? Discuss using regional examples of music, sports or art. 9. Define history and assess its usefulness for understanding Caribbean civilisations. 10. How true is the statement that Caribbean gender issues only emerged in the 20th century Caribbean?