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What are the humanities?

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1. What are the humanities?
a. The study of human society, culture, and experience
b. The enjoyment of classical works of culture
c. The creation of visual art, literature, dance, philosophy, etc.
d. Document and preserve the great accomplishments of the past
e. Appreciate other cultures

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2. How do people document stories?
a. Writing
b. Computer code
c. Sculpture
d. Gardening
e. Sewing
f. All of the above

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3. What is the difference between values and beliefs?
a. Beliefs can be changed, values cannot
b. Values are true, beliefs may be false
c. Beliefs are ideas we hold to be true, values are ideas we hold to be important
d. Values are derived from beliefs that are held true by the individual
e. A and B
f. C and D

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4. What is a “wicked” problem?
a. A problem that is evil or terrible
b. A complex problem that is difficult or seems impossible to solve
c. A complex problem with no good solutions
d. A problem that is actually a solution
e. All of the above

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5. What is unique about an interdisciplinary approach to research?
a. It helps integrate perspectives that might otherwise be ignored
b. It increases understanding of a subject through other disciplinary knowledge and tools
c. Accessing different disciplines knowledge and methods can lead to greater insights and stronger outcomes
d. It helps to develop transferable skills
e. All of the above

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6. How does the Humanities Lab foster an interdisciplinary research experience?
a. Co-instructional teams of two or more faculty from different disciplines
b. Students from all areas of study may enroll in the Lab courses
c. Research questions revolve around complex, real life issues
d. Exploratory workshops and hands-on activities with a low student to faculty ratio
e. All of the above

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7. Which of the following is NOT an example of humanities-based inquiry?
a. Does genetic engineering change the way we view human ability?
b. Why do we invest in certain technologies and not others?
c. Can 30 minutes of exercise a day reduce BMI in overweight adults?
d. How do values underlie a city’s plan to reduce greenhouse gases?
e. What effect does the conflation of sexual assault with underage drinking have on college campuses?

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8. Why is it important to consider a humanities perspective when we have technology, science, and business?
a. A humanities perspective allows for more discussion and better communication.
b. The challenges we face as a society are human challenges and therefore require human-centered inquiry as a part of the search for a solution.
c. Humanities incorporate more historical evidence than fields of technology, science, and business.
d. Appreciating art and literature lead to a more fulfilling life. It’s not important.

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9. What are examples of grand social challenges?
Poverty.
a. Climate change.
b. Inequality.
c. Health and wellbeing.
d. All of the above.
e. None of the above.

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10. Which of the following does the Humanities Lab NOT utilize in seeking solutions to social challenges?
a. Histories.
b. Cultural contexts.
c. Religious studies.
d. DNA kits.
e. Bunsen burners.
f. Quantitative data.

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