STUDY SHEET FOR HISTORY 111, EXAM 1

A. Exam 1 will be given on Thursday, June 8, 2000.

B. Exam 1 will cover:

  1. All lectures from May 30 through June 7 (Roman Civil Wars).
  2. Perry et al., Western Civilization, pages 2-140.
    Use the text to answer questions which occur to you as you study other materials, to cover topics we have not had time to discuss in class, and to reinforce in your memory the material we cover in class.
  3. Don't forget to study the textbook material on Greek thought and culture which was covered on Quiz 1.
  4. Give priority to studying lecture notes

C. Outline Of Exam 1

  1. Take-home question (20 points).
    1. Refer to the handout entitled "Take-home Questions for Exams" for questions.
    2. Write your essay about the period of history beginning with the Neolithic Period and ending with the Roman Civil Wars.
  2. In-class essay question (30 points, 20 minutes)
  3. Multiple choice and short answer questions (50 points, 25 minutes)

D. In-Class Essays for Exam 1

Students will be required to answer ONE in-class essay question as a part of Exam 1. The following is a list of potential essay questions for the exam. Two of the essays questions below will be on Exam 1. Each student will pick one of these questions to answer on of the exam. Be sure to cite specific examples to support your answers.

  1. Discuss the origins of human civilization. How is the word "civilization" defined? What are the principal characteristics of a civilization? Describe the state of human society during the Neolithic Age. What were the chief advances of Neolithic society which set the stage for the emergence of the first civilizations around 3200 B.C.? Where did the first civilizations appear? What factors caused the first civilizations to emerge in these particular locations?

  2. Compare and contrast the religious beliefs of the ancient Hebrews with the religious beliefs of other ancient civilizations. What were the principal innovations in theology made by the ancient Hebrews?

  3. Discuss Greek civilizations before the Lyric Age (i.e., Greece before 800 B.C.) What were the principal contributions made by the Minoan, Mycenaean, and Dorian civilizations to the evolution of Greek culture? What factors caused the decline of each of these civilizations?

  4. Discuss the rivalry between Sparta and Athens after 800 B.C. How did the culture, social structure, and governments of these two city-states differ? What factors caused the development of tensions between these two cities in 478-404 B.C.? What civil wars were fought between Sparta and Athens during this period? What were the causes of the civil wars? What were the consequences of the civil wars?

  5. Discuss the civilization built by the Macedonians in 338-31 B.C. What factors enabled the Macedonians to build a large empire? What was the geographical extent of this empire? What two rulers were primarily responsible for building the Macedonian empire? What is meant by the term "Hellenistic"? Why is it applicable to the civilization built by the Macedonians after 338 B.C.? What contributions did Hellenistic civilization make to history?

  6. Discuss Roman civilization before the creation of the Roman Empire (i.e., Rome before 27 B.C.). Who were the Etruscans? What contributions did the Etruscans make to the evolution of Roman civilization? How did Etruscan dominance of Italy end? Why did the early Romans establish a republican form of government? What were the principal structures of that government?

  7. Discuss Roman expansionism, 509-146 B.C. What factors prompted Rome to embark on a period of expansion after 509 B.C.? What factors caused the Romans to have such success in expanding their territory? What factors caused the Punic Wars? What effect did the Punic Wars have on Roman expansionism? What was the geographical extent of Roman expansion by 146 B.C.? What effects did expansion have on the evolution of Roman civilization?


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