FOR THE MAY EXAMINATION
As we near the of our European History marathon and the National Examination
looms on the horizon we must address the question: "What do I absolutely
HAVE to know?" While there is no substitute for knowing everything
we have studied this year the following list of Essential Questions might
serve as a desparation guide for the needy. I suggest you research tem carefully,
using your notes, the text, readings we have done, and your identification
lists. Then put together an essay to answer the questions which follow.
Write a thesis statement (broken into at least three parts) and an outline
of the important facts you would include in crafting your answer. Be sure
to include which of the "Wise Guys" would fit the context of each
The Essential Questions
- How can the Renaissance be used as a springboard for defining modernity?
- Compare and contrast the Northern Renaissance with the Mediterranean
- Compare and contrast Martin Luther andJohn Calvin from economic, religious
and social perspectives.
- THE CZARS
- Analyze the czars of Russia from the perspective of their attempts
to control their aristocracy and their church and also the perspective
of their relations with western Europe.
- Trace the development of the Commercial Revolution.
- THE OUTSIDE WORLD
- Assess the similarities and differences between 16th century and 19th
- 17TH CENTURY ENGLAND
- Trace the development of the English parliament during the 17th century.
- 17TH CENTURY FRANCE
- Compare 17th century French Absolutism with 17th century eastern European
- THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONB
- What connection exists between the Enlightenment and the French Revolution?
- Trace the long term effects of Napoleon I
- Assess the differences between Charles Fourier, Louis Blanc, Karl Marx,
Robert Owen, Edward Bernstein and Vladimir Lenin.
- Why did western Europe never fully envelop Marxism?
- BRITISH REFORM
- Discuss the Parliamentary actions which brought social and political
power to the middle and lower classes of English society in the 19th century.
- THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
- What effect did the industrial revolution have upon the social classes?
- (Break this into both the first AND second industrial revolutions)
- Trace the history of Germany from its rise as a Prussian state through
its collapse after the First World War.
- 19TH CENTURY THINKERS
- Assess the extent to which Freud, Marx, and Einstein were enlightened
- WOMEN'S RIGHTS
- Beginning with the French Revolution and ending with the Treaty of
Versailles, discuss the manner in which women began to achieve a role in
society equal to men.
- WORLD WAR I
- How did more people in Europe change between 1914-1920 than they did
from 1920 to the present?
- THE BRITISH EMPIRE
- Analyze the events causing the decline of the British Empire.
- POST WORLD WAR II
- Trace the economic development of Post World War II Europe.
- From the end of the Cold War explain how the political map of Europe
has changed as the world approaches the millenium.
- THE MODERN POLITICAL WORLD
- Beginning with the end of World War II, trace the demise of the Soviet
- (Note: These are NOT normal essay type questions. They tend to be very
broad in order to better serve as a review of the entire course.)