Why you should know this: You will be asked specific questions about the structures of Medieval Europe and you will be asked to compare post-classical Europe to other post-classical civilizations (Muslim world, Japan, China, etc.). You will also be asked to understand changes/transformations in Europe from the Early to High Middle Ages
Example: Compare feudalism in Post-classical Europe and Japan.
To write this essay, you will need to understand not only feudal structures in Europe and Japan, but also the ways in which they were similar and different. You will need to analyze the impact of feudalism on politics, economics, and social classes in both areas. Moreover, you would need to address changes in the feudal structure in both areas.