Discuss differences in Japanese and European feudalism
Suggestions:Consider the role of the Shogun, Daimyo, and Samurai in Japan as well as the role of Kings, Lords, and Knights in Europe and examine the causes and effects of feudalism in both regions.
Analyzing the Directions So That You Think About Something to Write About:
What is the essay’s theme?
Define the essay’s theme.
What will you compare and contrast?
How many questions must you address for the essay?
What does the word “describe” mean in the directions?
What does the word “explain” mean in the directions?
What does the word “discuss” mean in the directions?
What must you describe?
What must you explain?
What must you discuss?
Unlike a DBQ essay, a thematic essay does not have documents to help the test taker. As such, the test taker must have information from the class to help answer the question. The thematic essay reminds learners that some information must be memorized in order to excel on an examination. Of course, the best way to memorize information is to practice.
Of course, as the Taoists say, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So, let’s take that step and outline the essay before writing.
Let’s take a small step towards understanding what this essay question is asking. See if you can complete the following sentences below using the Word Bank: