Sample Comparative Essay Questions



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Sample Comparative Essay Questions


Foundations  c. 8000 BCE to 600 CE

  1. Compare nomadic societies with the newly formed agricultural societies circa 8000 BCE.




  1. Compare two of the following early civilizations’ economic, political and social structures:

Mesopotamia    Egypt   

Indus Valley  Shang China 

Americas



  1. Compare the spread of Buddhism and Christianity during the classical period.




  1. Compare the role of two of the following civilizations in the development of enduring cultural traditions and institutions:

Han China

Gupta India

Mediterranean


  1. Compare the role of technology in Chinese and Mediterranean civilization.




  1. Compare the social structures of two of the following societies:

China

India


Mediterranean


  1. Compare the administration of government in Han China and the Roman Empire.




  1. Compare the decline of two of the following civilizations:

Han China

Gupta India

Roman Mediterranean


  1. Compare two of the following labor Systems:

Slavery

Caste system

Free peasantry

Serfdom



  1. Compare the role of women in two of the following civilizations:

Han China

Gupta India

Roman Mediterranean

POSTCLASSICAL 600 CE TO 1450 CE


  1. Compare the role that two of the following belief systems played in promoting or impeding societal change between 600 and 1450. 

Christianity    Buddhism   

Hinduism    Islam       

Confucianism


  1. Compare the Silk Road trade network and the trans-Saharan trade network.




  1. Compare the influence of China on two of the following societies:

Korea, Japan, Vietnam


  1. Compare Western Europe between 500-1000 with Western Europe between 1000-1300.




  1. Compare the effect of the Mongols on China and Russia.




  1. Compare the societies of West Africa and East Africa.




  1. Compare Byzantium and Tang-Song China.




  1. Compare feudalism in Western European with that in Japan.




  1. Compare the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphate.




  1. Compare the role of women in two of the following societies of Dar al-Islam:

West Africa East Africa

Middle East South Asia




  1. Compare the rise and spread of Islam during the postclassical period to the rise and spread of one of the following belief systems during the classical period:

Christianity

Buddhism



  1. Compare the role of missionary activity during the postclassical period in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.




  1. Compare the Aztecs and Incas.




  1. Compare the impact of two of the following migratory peoples:

Bantu Vikings

Arabs Mongols

Turks


  1. Compare the role of cities in two of the following regions:

Western Europe

China


Middle East


  1. Compare and contrast the structures of the following societies:  Han China, Romans, Greeks, European Middle Ages, African "stateless societies".  Explain how different societies mobilized labor. Who accomplished most of what needed to be done? How was society divided? How were these divisions enforced?

  2. How was slavery different from the caste system, from early feudalism? How much mobility was there?

  3. Compare and contrast the effect of Confucianism versus Christianity on political developments in the empires of Rome and China.

  4. Compare the status of women in Han China, Rome, and India.

  5. Compare the politics, social structure, religion(s), and economy of Han China and Rome.

  6. Compare and contrast the development of Buddhism in China versus India. Consider the impact of different social and political climates.

  7. Compare the role of Buddhism in Tang China and 11th c. Japan, Christianity in Byzantium, Islam in 8th c. Iran.

  8. Compare and contrast the development of African and New World societies: Ghana, Songhay, and Mali, with Toltec, Inca, and Aztec. Consider reasons for growth, trade patterns, social structures, role of religion, role of women, contacts with other cultures, and reasons for decline.

  9. Contrast the economic, social, cultural, and political role of cities such as Guangzhou (Canton), Samarkand, Timbuktu, Cairo, and Venice played vital roles in the development of in the period 1100-1368. Choose two the urban centers and analyze how their location, and other factors, contributed to their role as a member of the interregional networks of this era.

  10. Compare and contrast the role and treatment of women in two of the following during the postclassical era.
    East Asia        Americas        Western Europe        Sub-Saharan Africa

  11. Compare and contrast the developments in political and social institutions in eastern and western Europe from 600 to 1450.

  12. Compare and contrast European and sub-Saharan African contacts with the Islamic world


RISE OF GLOBAL INTERACTION 1450 CE TO 1750 CE

  1. Compare the effects of the bubonic plague on late medieval Europe with the effects of the small pox on the New World.




  1. Compare the Indian Ocean trade network to the Atlantic trade network between 1400 and 1750.




  1. Compare the consolidation of Japan society with the consolidation of Russian society in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.




  1. Compare the empire building Western Europe with one of following societies between 1450 and 1750:

Ottomans

Chinese


Mughals


  1. Compare the process of empire building in Spanish America and Brazil between 1450 and 1750.




  1. Compare Russian and Japanese interactions and attitudes toward the West between 1450 and 1750.




  1. Compare the impact of two of the following commodities between 1400 and 1900:

Silver

Coffee


Sugar


  1. Compare the impact of slavery on Latin America and Africa.




  1. Compare the impact of two of following cultural movements in European society between 1400 and 1800:

Renaissance

Reformation

Scientific Revolution

Enlightenment



THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY 1750 CE TO 1914 CE

  1. Compare the impact of French Revolution and Haitian Revolution.




  1. Compare the reaction to growing Western hegemony in two of the following:

Ottoman Empire

Qing China

Russia

Japan



  1. Compare the impact of the Industrial Revolution and globalization.




  1. Compare European imperialism prior to 1850 with European colonization after 1850.




  1. Compare the decline of the Qing with the decline of the Ottoman Empire.




  1. Compare the role of elite and bourgeoisie women with lower class women in Europe.




  1. Compare the labor systems in Latin America, Russia and Africa.

     


THE POST-MODERN ERA 1914 CE TO PRESENT

  1. Compare the patterns and results of the decolonization movements in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East in the twentieth century with earlier independence movements in Mexico and South America.

  2. Compare and contrast patterns of resistance to European/Western dominance in two of the following regions during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
         China     Japan     Argentina     Ottoman Empire     Mexico         India     South Africa

  3. Compare and contrast the effects of World War I on TWO of the following regions.
        Middle East    Sub-Saharan Africa     Southeast Asia         East Asia    South Asia

  4. Compare and contrast the effects of World War II on TWO of the following region.
    Middle East    Sub-Saharan Africa    Southeast Asia         East Asia    South Asia

  5. Compare and contrast the effects of the Cold War on TWO of the following region. Middle East    Eastern Europe         Southeast Asia         East Asia    Latin America

  6. Compare the relationship between ideas of the nation state, sovereignty, and democracy in two of the following regions from l700 to 2000.
        France         US         China         Nigeria         Russia.

  7. Compare and contrast the role of women from 1900 to the present in three of the following countries.
        China        Japan        India        Egypt        Iran        Vietnam

  8. Compare and contrast the causes, warfare, and effects of World War I and World War II.

  9. During the twentieth century, considerable effort was expended by Western nations to support democratic and western-friendly governments in developing nations.  Select TWO of the nations below and compare the success of such efforts.
        Iran    Vietnam    Nicaragua    Chile     Congo        Iran    South Africa    Egypt

  10. Compare and contrast the decolonization/independence movements in two of the countries below.
    India        Vietnam        Algeria        Ghana

  11. Compare and contrast the patterns and results of decolonization in Africa and India.

  12. Pick two of the following revolutions and compare their effects on the roles of women.
        Russian    Chinese    Cuban         Iranian

  13. Compare the effects of the World Wars on areas outside of Europe.

  14. Compare the legacies of colonialism and patterns of economic development in two of three areas.
        Sub-Saharan Africa        Middle East        Southeast Asia     Latin America

  15. Compare and contrast the notion of “the West” and “the East” in the context of Cold War ideology versus the notion that existed in the 19th C.

  16. Compare and contrast nationalist ideologies and movements in European and colonial environments.

  17. Compare and contrast the different types of independence struggles in the 19th C and 20th C.

  18. Compare the impacts of Western consumer society on two civilizations outside of Europe.

Directory: cms -> lib -> PA09000087 -> Centricity -> Domain -> 162
162 -> Handouts: Ch 5—The Classical Period in a Nutshell (600 B. C. E to 600 C. E) Name Date Period
162 -> Chapter 19 & 20 questions for re view evaluate the following statement: Spanish and Portuguese colonies were extensions of the global network of the West
162 -> The Expansion of Civilization What does is mean to be ‘classic’? A look back…
162 -> Whap handout: ch 4—The Persians & the Greeks Dr. Daughton
162 -> Rise of Agriculture & Origins of Civilization highlights
162 -> Latin america in the late 20th century chapter 32 pg. 762-781
162 -> Making an Arab Empire
162 -> Politics in Classical Civilizations: Part I—Written Documents
162 -> Whap: ch 28/wwi supplemental Reading The Collapse & Recovery of Europe (1914-1970s)
162 -> Whap ch 13 supplemental reading: Coping with China: Comparing Korea, Vietnam, and Japan


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