Exam Review Sheet 


WC1-  Early Western Civilizations I


Final exam changes:      
We are canceling the mapping and Chronology sections and focusing on the historical analysis and argumentation that has been the focus of the second half of the semester:
THE EXAM:
--One essay written at home on the second half of the course.  (500-700 words)

----The exam question will be released one week before the essay is due.  (see syllabus schedule for due date)
--------You may use all your materials to answer the question.  (Open book, open notes, not timed)


***You MUST follow the paper submission instructions on Kinch's writing guide (also listed on the syllabus)
******Footnote citations are required.


The essay question will be selected from one of the following and :
1-Was economics or religion a more dominant force in the years between 0-1500 AD? Explain.

2-In the vacuum of the fall of Rome there was a rise in various powers from Scandinavia, Arabia, and Germanic territories.  How did the era between 500-1000 AD reshape the western world?  Why did this result in the feudal culture that came to dominate Europe?

3-How and why did the Catholic Church come to dominate medieval life so completely?  Or did it?

4-Why did a religion (Catholic Christianity) that grew steadily for a century and a half and dominated Europe in so many ways, break apart so dramatically and abruptly in the early 1500s.



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 There are two exams for this course.  The Midterm Exam deals with material from the first half of the course and the Final Exam deals with material from the second half.  Each exam will feature a 20 item Map section, 20 item Chronology section, and 1 essay.

You must bring a scantron sheet (they can be purchased at the bookstore or the vending machines on campus,) a blank sheet of paper, and a pencil to the exam.

 

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1 - Map Section:  (20%)

You will be given 2 lists of 10 locations from the following list and asked to place them on a blank maps (link) of the Western World. 


Map items for midterm exam
 

Rome

Babylon

Carthage

Aegean Sea

Aral Sea

Athens

Nile River

Alexandria

Knossos

Caspian Sea

Persepolis

Tyre

Macedon

Adriatic Sea

Black Sea

Euphrates River

Iberia

Thebes

Germania

Persian Gulf

Ur

Gaul

Persia

Bactria

Assur

Amarna

Judea

Balearic Sea

Caledonia

Amarna

Syracuse

Mediterranean Sea

Phoenicia

Delphi
Red Sea





Map items for final exam 

Bosphorous

Loire River

Wittenberg

Rhone River

Rhine River

London

Shetland Islands

Geneva

Volga River

Novgorod

Seine River

Dublin

Sagres

Seine River

North Sea

Avignon

Baghdad

Antioch

Papal States

Hanseatic League

Paris

Danube River

Byzantium

Levant

Holy Roman Empire

Elbe River

Baltic Sea

Vistula River

Normandy

Byzantium

Venice

Damascus

Cordoba

Castile

Mecca

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II - Chronology: (20%)

--All events/movement/ Individuals will be drawn from the "WC1 Lecture terms" (link) listed on the syllabus---
 

-15 matching = You will be given a list of people, events, etc. to be matched to its associated period or region. (Context)


-5 timeline  = You will be given a list of events or people to be put  in order of when they happened.   (Causation)

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III – Essay: (60%)

You will be given 1 out of the following list of essays and asked to answer it as an argumentative essay.

 

Midterm Exam essay questions:

1-Was religion in the ancient world a hindrance or a catalyst for unity and empire building?  Explain with examples.

2-Why did Hellenic culture come to dominate the western world when it began among an insignificant collection of towns on the rocky coast of the Aegean?   Why do so many view them today as the founders of western civilization as opposed to the Sumerians, Egyptians, Persians, and Phoenicians who came before them?

3-Why did the Roman Empire maintain long term stability while city states/empires in the Levant, Mesopotamia, and Greece were plagued by constant transitions of power?

4-What was the most successfully culture/empire in the ancient world?  How do you define success?  Why were they/it so successful?
 


Final Exam essay questions:

1-Was economics or religion a more dominant force in the years between 0-1500 AD? Explain.

2-In the vacuum of the fall of Rome there was a rise in various powers from Scandinavia, Arabia, and Germanic territories.  How did the era between 500-1000 AD reshape the western world?  Why did this result in the feudal culture that came to dominate Europe?

3-How and why did the Catholic Church come to dominate medieval life so completely?  Or did it?

4-Why did a religion (Catholic Christianity) that grew steadily for a century and a half and dominated Europe in so many ways, break apart so dramatically and abruptly in the early 1500s.