Ap world History 2014-2015 Summer Reading Assignment Central Florida Aerospace Academy of Kathleen High School

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AP World History

2014-2015 Summer Reading Assignment

Central Florida Aerospace Academy of Kathleen High School

Mr. Greg Cress greg.cress@polk-fl.net

As preparation for your participation in AP World History for the 2014-2015 school year, the Polk County School District has instituted a summer reading assignment as a prerequisite for this class. The assignment was developed by the AP World History Summer Reading Committee and is based off of the book entitled, A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage.
This assignment will entail a thorough reading of the book with notes taken from each chapter in a spiral bound notebook that is to be submitted on the assigned due date, a typed, 750 – 1000 word summary of each unit (glass), a typed, 1500 – 2000 word reaction/review of the book, and a test. All work will be due on Monday, August 18, 2014. A 20% reduction of the final grade will be deducted from the final grade for each class day that the assignment is late. This book will serve as a critical supplemental source for the course all year long.
You may contact me throughout the summer by email at greg.cress@polk-fl.net or on my cell phone (863) 513-3933 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the assignment. Have an enjoyable and productive summer.
The particular book you have been assigned to read is one that provides an excellent and thought provoking look at world history through the humble beverage. What we drink is something most people take for granted, not giving their potables a second thought. As we will see in this reading and throughout this class everything, from what we drink to the clothes we wear, from the technology we use; to the religion we practice; everything has an interrelated history.
The completeness, correctness and neatness of this assignment are paramount. Please keep in mind that this assignment should be completed entirely on your own, you may not collectively work on the activities.
Section I Summaries:

For each of the six beverages, write a 750 – 1000 word page summary of the author’s main points. Explain when, where, why and how that beverage became important and what effect it had on world history. Give specific examples of how the beverage affected history.

Section II Reading Questions:

The questions provided for this book are meant to get you thinking about history. It isn’t merely enough to read about history; you must “do” history. Answer the questions completely in a spiral bound notebook. You do not have to rewrite the question but you must answer in complete sentences. In addition to the questions, please keep track of unfamiliar vocabulary and questions that you might have regarding the material.


1. How is the discovery of beer linked to the growth of the first “civilizations”?

2. What does this history of beer in the ancient world tell us about the early civilizations?

3. What sources does the author use to gather his information on the use of beer?

4. What were some of the uses of beer by ancient cultures? Nourishment? Ritual? Religious?

5. How did beer “civilize” man, according to Standage?

6. What is the relationship between beer and writing, commerce, and health?

1. How did the use of wine differ from that of beer in ancient Greece and Rome?

2. How was wine used by the Greeks?

3. How and why did wine develop into a form of a status symbol in Greece?

4. How was wine consumed? What does this tell us about the ancient Greek culture?

5. How did the use of wine in Roman culture differ from that of ancient Greece?

6. What is the relationship between wine and empire, medicine, and religion.

1. What is the origin of distilled spirits?

2. What is the connection between spirits and colonization?

3. How was the production of spirits connected to slavery?

4. What role did spirits play on the high seas?

5. In the 18th century, how did spirits help Britain have a more superior navy than France?

6. Why were spirits an important staple in Colonial America?

7. How did rum play a role in the American Revolution?

8. What were the negative effects/uses of spirits? (Use entire chapter to answer this)

1. Who did Europeans get coffee from and how did it spread to Europe?

2. Why was it so important to Europe’s development that many people’s beverage of choice switched from alcohol to coffee?

3. Describe coffee’s effect on the global balance of power (in terms of commerce).

4. How did coffee play a pivotal role in the scientific revolution? (give lots of detail)

5. How did coffee play a pivotal role in the ‘financial revolution’?

6. How did coffee play a pivotal role in the French Revolution? (give lots of detail and go into the Enlightenment)

1. When did tea first become a mainstream drink in Asia? In Europe?

2. How did the consumption of tea in Europe differ from how it was consumed in China or Japan?

3. If tea arrived in Europe around the same time as when coffee did, why did it not find the immediate success that coffee had?

4. How did tea transform English society? Who were its main consumers and what were some of the new rituals that surrounded tea?

5. How was tea an integral part of the Industrial Revolution?

6. What was the connection between tea and politics?

7. How was tea connected to the opium trade and the Opium War of 1839-1842?

8. What role did the tea trade and production play in the British rule over India?

1. What was the origin of coke?

2. How was this beverage used medicinally and what were the additives?

3. What was the relationship of coke and World War II?

4. How was coke thought of by the communist during the Cold War?

5. What is meant by “globalization in a bottle”?

6. How did Coco-Cola become basically seen as an American value? How did this help and hurt Coca-Cola (and, in some ways, America itself?)

1. Describe how the scientific advancements of the 19th century brought the history of beverages full circle.

2. Which water’s quality is more tightly controlled-tap or bottled?

3. How many people have no access to safe water today?

4. How has access to water affected international relations?

Section III Reaction/Review:

Choose the beverage that you believe had the most important impact on the history of the world and write a 1500 – 2000 word reaction/review of that beverage and explain how that beverage became important and what effect it had on world history. Give specific textual examples of how the beverage affected history as well as how you believe the world would be different if this particular beverage had not gained such widespread prominence or acceptance.

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