Questions to Consider while reading the textbook
and studying a unit's material
Unit 2 Pre-History
- How has geography influenced
the course of history?
- What is history?
Unit 3 Ancient Near East
- What role did technological innovation play in the
development of early humankind?
- What was important about the shift to the use of
systematic agriculture in the Neolithic period?
Unit 4 Classical Greece
- Why did cities first form
- What enabled ancient Egypt
to exist for so long a period of time as a cultural unit?
Unit 5 Classical Rome and Christianity
- What was the connection
between Socrates, Plato and Aristotle?
- What is an ethical philosophy?
Unit 6 Islam and Empire
- What factors contributed
to the eventual destruction of the Roman empire?
- What was the role of Saint
Paul of Tarsus in shaping the early Christian church?
Unit 7 Russia
- How did Islam continue the
traditions of Christianity and Judaism?
- Was the Islamic world a
revised version of the Roman Empire?
Unit 8 Charlemagne
- Why was the Roman Empire
able to continue to exist in the East?
- What were the distinctive
features of Byzantine civilization?
Unit 9 Feudalism
- Why did Charlemagne distrust
the pope's motives in crowning Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor?
- How could Charlemagne create
such a powerful empire?
Unit 10 Early Middle Ages
- Why were the Crusades launched?
- Why did feudalism develop
after the fall of the Roman empire?
11 Medieval Russia
- Why was the Magna Carta
an important step in the political evolution of England in the Middle Ages?
- What was Scholasticism?
Unit 12 Late Middle Ages
- How did the Mongols affect
the development of Russia?
- How did Muscovite Russia
compare with other European states of the period?
Unit 13 Renaissance
- What caused the rise of national monarchies in the Middle Ages?
- Why was Joan of Arc burned at the stake?
Unit 14 Reformation
- What was the role of the
church in the Renaissance?
- Why did the Renaissance
begin in Italy?
Unit 15 Final Exam
- Why did these reform movements
succeed at this moment in time?
- What was the impact of the
Council of Trent on the Catholic church?
- How did the discovery of
other world societies change Europe's view of itself?
- What specific technologies were required
to sail the open seas?
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