Below are listed the major topics of study we have covered Semester 1. Under each topic, you find listed more specifics about that topic. I will be drawings all questions for the final from these topics and subtopics. To prepare for the final, I highly recommend that you review your participation packets, past assignments related to these topics, review PowerPoint notes in your journal, and that you create a written study guide for yourself that includes the information for the topics and questions below. We will have 1 full day of in class review. I expect that you come prepared to these review sessions having already gone over the study guide. Remember that your final is worth 10% of your semester grade. It will take multiple hours to prepare for. Make sure you dedicate enough time to each of your finals preparations.
What are they, specific beliefs of each, how many followers, holy book, monotheistic or polytheistic, ceremonies or customs of each religion, founder of each religion
Commodities traded on the Silk Road (what were significant commodities traded?), where the Silk Road went (different routes, land or water, etc.), Effects of the Silk Road on the world (both effects on Asia and Europe), Middlemen of the Silk Road (why were they significant?)
Brutality in conquests, great leaders, military tactics, Pax Mongolica, Religious tolerance, Increased status of Merchants and Artists, legacy of the Mongols
The Black Death
Symptoms of the disease, How the disease was spread, What were the effects of the disease on Europe, what were the effects of the Black Death on the Church
Middle Ages vs. Renaissance (what were the differences between education, the church, government, and social structure?), Art in the Renaissance (what new techniques were used, who were famous artists of the time, what were differences between medieval and Renaissance art), Italian vs. Northern Renaissance (differences), Renaissance literature, printing press (who invented it, Where did the technology originally come from, effects of the printing press), What were the effects of the Renaissance on Europe?
Age of Exploration
What were major motivations for exploring, Inventions that allowed for exploration, Who were Columbus, Cortez, and Pizarro (where were they from, what did they do, where did they discover, what people did they meet?), Significant cultural information about the Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, What were the effects on native populations, European advantages over the native populations