Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday, 12/10/2010 Homework: Exam Review Questions

Complete the following questions for homework on the same sheet of paper that you completed the previous questions. The assignment must be on your desk at the start of Monday's class period.

14. What is the cultural legacy of the Roman Empire?
15. How did the Roman Empire spread Christianity? Why are so many Americans Christian?
16. What was the Black Death? Where did it originate? How did it come to Europe? How was it transmitted? Imagine the modern world. What would be the fastest way for something like the Black Death to travel?
17. Who was Charlemagne? Why is he important?
18. What is nationalism? How did this concept alter Europe's political makeup?
19. Name and describe each of the three levels of society. Then, give an example of each from the topics studied in Quarter 2.
20. What is a nation-state? How did nation-states affect Europe?
21. Who was Adolf Hitler? Why was he important?
22. Compare and contrast the British and Roman Empires.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday, 12/9/2010 Homework: Exam Review Questions

Complete the following questions on loose leaf paper for homework. The assignment is due on your desk at the start of tomorrow's class. You may use your textbook and notes to find the answers.
  1.  Name the peninsulas containing the following countries:
    1. Italy
    2. Spain
    3. Sweden
  2. Describe the relative location of: the Pyrenees, the Alps, and the Apennines.
  3. Explain why southern Europe is dominated by mountain chains while northern Europe is mostly plains.
  4. Assess the ways in which Europe’s physical geography aided its development as a center for world trade.
  5. Define “mistral” and “sirocco” winds.
  6. Describe the impact of the North Atlantic Drift on weather patterns in Northern Europe.
  7. Which two major rivers served as Europe’s highways?
  8. Define polis. Then, explain how this form of political unit defined Greek life.
  9. Define democracy. Which Greek polis is famous for practicing democracy?
  10. Where is Greece located? How did the physical geography of this location affect the lives of its people?
  11. Compare and contrast ancient Athens and Sparta.
  12. Describe the borders of the Roman Empire.
  13. What brought about the end of the Roman Empire?

Thursday, 12/9/2010: Exam Review Topics

Topics for Quarter 2 Exam
50 pts. multiple choice, 100 pts. written
Review the following information in preparation for your Quarter 2 exam covering Europe and Russia. I will post review questions after this post.
  • Ch. 12-17
  • Europe + Russia
  • Map of Europe – countries and physical features
  • Landforms of Europe and Russia
  • Climate of Europe and Russia + causes
  • Greece (Athens + Sparta + polis)
  • Rome, how it became powerful, and how it ended
  • Levels of society – folk, feudal, modern
  • Spread of Christianity, spread of bubonic plague
  • Trade routes
  • Charlemagne, Napoleon + Hitler
  • Causes of conflict in Eastern Europe (specifically, re: Russia and WWI)
  • Why Russia became powerful, expanded
  • Importance of Siberia + St. Petersburg
  • Effects of Communism (Marx), Democracy
  • Command Economy vs. Free Market Economy
  • Difference between a political and economic system

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Communism in Chicago

Imagine the following scenario, then complete the assignment below.

The Chicago government favors the rich and takes advantage of the poor. You, a poor worker, are upset, and turn to communism to solve your problems.

On a sheet of loose leaf paper, describe the steps you will take to create the perfect, MARXIST, communist society in Chicago. You should include at least 6 steps. Be creative! Make it a story. You will share this with the class.

The assignment is worth a total of ten points. Turn it in to the bin at the start of tomorrow's class.

HINT: Use your notes on Karl Marx. You may not actually like or agree with what you have to do to follow his guidance.