HIS 101
Questions to Consider while reading the textbook
and studying a unit's material
Unit 1    Introduction
  • How has geography influenced the course of history?
  • What is history?
Unit 2    Pre-History
  • 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 3    Ancient Near East
  • Why did cities first form in Mesopotamia?
  • What enabled ancient Egypt to exist for so long a period of time as a cultural unit?
Unit 4    Classical Greece
  • What was the connection between Socrates, Plato and Aristotle?
  • What is an ethical philosophy?
Unit 5    Classical Rome and Christianity
  • 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 6    Islam and Empire
  • How did Islam continue the traditions of Christianity and Judaism?
  • Was the Islamic world a revised version of the Roman Empire?
Unit 7    Russia
  • Why was the Roman Empire able to continue to exist in the East?
  • What were the distinctive features of Byzantine civilization?
Unit 8    Charlemagne
  • Why did Charlemagne distrust the pope's motives in crowning Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor?
  • How could Charlemagne create such a powerful empire?
Unit 9    Feudalism
  • Why were the Crusades launched?
  • Why did feudalism develop after the fall of the Roman empire?
Unit 10    Early Middle Ages
  • Why was the Magna Carta an important step in the political evolution of England in the Middle Ages?
  • What was Scholasticism?
Unit 11    Medieval Russia
  • How did the Mongols affect the development of Russia?
  • How did Muscovite Russia compare with other European states of the period?
Unit 12    Late Middle Ages
  • What caused the rise of national monarchies in the Middle Ages?
  • Why was Joan of Arc burned at the stake?
Unit 13    Renaissance
  • What was the role of the church in the Renaissance?
  • Why did the Renaissance begin in Italy?
Unit 14    Reformation
  • Why did these reform movements succeed at this moment in time?
  • What was the impact of the Council of Trent on the Catholic church?
Unit 15    Final Exam
  • 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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