Spring Break HW

Spring Break Homework

Outline &  Analysis

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Unit I& II


Major Comparisons and Analyses: Examples

Compare major religious and philosophical systems including some underlying similarities in cementing a social hierarchy, e.g., Hinduism contrasted with Confucianism

Compare the role of women in different belief systems—Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, and Hinduism

Understand how and why the collapse of empire was more severe in western Europe than it was in the eastern Mediterranean or in China

Compare the caste system to other systems of social inequality devised by early and classical civilizations, including slavery

Compare societies that include cities with pastoral and nomadic societies

Compare the development of traditions and institutions in major civilizations, e.g., Indian, Chinese, and Greek/Roman

Describe interregional trading systems, e.g., the Silk Roads

Compare the political and social structures of two early civilizations:

         Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus Valley, Shang, and Mesoamerica and Andean South America

Analyze the role of technologies in the growth of large state structures


Unit III


Major Comparisons and Analyses: Examples

Compare the role and function of cities in major societies

Analyze gender systems and changes, such as the effects of Islam

Analyze the interactions between Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Compare developments in political and social institutions in both eastern and western Europe

Compare Japanese and European feudalism

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

Analyze the Chinese civil service exam system and the rise of meritocracy


Unit IV


Major Comparisons and Analyses: Examples

Compare colonial administrations

Compare coercive labor systems: slavery and other coercive labor systems in the Americas

Analyze the development of empire (i.e., general empire building in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas)

Analyze imperial systems: a European seaborne empire compared with a land-based Asian empire

Compare Russia’s interaction with two of the following (Ottoman Empire, China, western Europe, and eastern Europe)

Compare Mesoamerican and Andean systems of economic exchange


Unit V


Major Comparisons and Analyses: Examples

Compare the causes and early phases of the Industrial Revolution in western Europe and Japan

Compare the Haitian and French Revolutions

Compare reaction to foreign interference in the Ottoman Empire, China, India, Southeast Asia, and Japan

Compare nationalism in the following pairs: China and Japan, Egypt and Italy, Pan Africanism and the Indian Congress Movement

Explain forms of Western intervention in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia

Compare the roles and conditions of elite women in Latin America with those in western Europe before 1850

Unit VI


Major Comparisons and Analyses: Examples

Compare patterns and results of decolonization in Africa and India

Pick two revolutions (Russian, Chinese, Cuban, Iranian) and compare their effects on the roles of women

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

Compare legacies of colonialism and patterns of economic development in two of three areas (Africa, Asia, and Latin America)

Analyze nationalist ideologies and movements in contrasting European and colonial environments

Compare the different types of independence struggles

Examine global interactions in cultural arenas (e.g., reggae, art, sports)

Analyze the global effects of the Western consumer society

Compare major forms of twentieth-century warfare

Assess different proposals (or models) for economic growth in the developing world and the social and political consequences




Spring Break Homework---Acorn comparison & analysis

Due Tuesday April 9th

All of these questions are suggested from the Acorn guides, from which they tend to get the essay questions on the test


  1. Choose the most difficult (complicated ) question from each section and analyze it—describe the parts of the question that would need to be answered. (20 pts)


  1. Choose one comparison question from each section(different  from #1 analyze) and create a simple outline for the possible answer. If a compare/contrast question, include at least 2 aspects and how you would both compare and contrast those aspects. (Don’t write the essay, just the simple outline—30 pts)


Example Outline         I. Aspect(category comparing/contrasting) & Similarity

                    Ex:  Political--both countries have a monarchy 

  1. Aspect(category comparing/contrasting) & Difference

                     Ex:  Pol--powerless Queen of England, Powerful King in Denmark 

                                 III. Aspect #2(category comparing/contrasting) & Similarity or Difference  

                          Ex:  Econ--England capitolist/Denmark socialist 


  1. Extra Credit—write a thesis for each question included in 1-2 above ( 1 pt. for each thesis written up to 10 total)--very rare opportunity--you cannot get answers from but feel free to get feedback from your Thesis Company. 
  • Do you want a 4 or 5 on the exam--do a thesis and an outline for ALL OF THE Questions (you will not get extra points here nor will you be guaranteed a 4-5 on the exam, but you will be far more prepared for the essays.) 
  • Want to really analyze the questions and MAYBE narrow down what they MIGHT ask on the test, compare all of the questions above to all the questions that have been used (see my webpage)--questions that have been asked in the past are less likely to be asked again.

Scoring Rubric

1) Choose the most difficult (complicated ) question from each section and analyze it  _____________/20 (4 pts each)

2)  Choose one question from each section(separate from above) and create a simple outline for the possible answer.  [2 aspects/comp & cont—5 questions—6 pts each] _____________/30

4)  Extra Credit—write a thesis for each question included in 1-2 above ( 1 pt. for each thesis written up to 10 total)

_______________/10 pts



Total Points ______________/50