Thematic Essay Review #3



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Directions: The thematic essay is an important part of the Regents exam. In order to get a passing grade on this essay you must address all aspects of the task (which some of you still don’t do!). Review each thematic essay below and outline your response in the space provided.

Thematic Essay Review #3

Theme: Cultural and Intellectual Life

Task: Throughout history, many cultures have experienced a Golden Age when great advances were made in a variety of different fields.


  1. Identify two different cultures that experienced a Golden Age.

  2. Describe the specific achievements of each culture identified.

  3. Explain how these achievements continue to influence the modern world.

Suggestions: Athens in the 5th century BCE, the Gupta Dynasty in India, the Islamic world from the 8th through the 12th centuries, the Tang Dynasty in China, the Heian Period in Japan, and the Renaissance in Europe. You are not limited to these suggestions.
Thesis: _________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
Outline:

Golden Age#1: _______________________

1. (Where) _____________________ (When) _______________________

2. Specific Achievements

a.

b.
3. Impacts of the achievements above on Modern World ( Be specific: On who? Positive or Negative?)



a.
b.

Golden Age#2: _______________________

1. (Where) _____________________ (When) _______________________

2. Specific Achievements

a.

b.
3. Impacts of the achievements above on Modern World ( Be specific: On who? Positive or Negative?)



a.
b.
Thematic Essay Review #4

Theme: Science and Technology

Task: Science and technology have played a critical role in altering the course of human history


  1. Identify two scientific or technological advances that had a major impact on global history

  2. Explain the relationship between the scientific or technological advance and a specific historic event or period in history

  3. Analyze how these advances changed the course of history

Suggestions: development of agriculture, irrigation systems, the astrolabe, the printing press, the telescope, nuclear power, steam power, and the microscope

Thesis: ___________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

Outline:

Technology #1: _______________________

1. (Where) _____________________ (When) _______________________

2. Relationship between advance and the event/period in history

a.


b.
3. How they changed the course of history ( Be specific: On who? Positive or Negative?)

a.
b.

Technology #2: _______________________

1. (Where) _____________________ (When) _______________________

2. Relationship between advance and the event/period in history

a.


b.
3. How they changed the course of history ( Be specific: On who? Positive or Negative?)

a.
b.


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