A. Exam 3 will be given on Thursday, June 22, 2000.

B. Exam 3 will cover:

  1. All lectures from June 15 (High Middle Ages) through June 21 (Renaissance).
  2. Perry et al., Western Civilization, pages 228-322.
    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. Donít forget to review the textbook material on the rise of states (pgs. 235-241) and the Middle Ages and Modern Period Compared (pgs. 289-295) which was covered on Quiz 3.
  4. Give priority to studying lecture notes

C. Outline Of Exam 3

  1. Take-home question (20 points)
    1. Refer to the handout entitled "Take-home Questions for Exams" for questions. Don't forget to choose a different question topic than you used on the last exam.
    2. Write your essay about the period of history beginning with the High Middle Ages (A.D. 1000) and ending with the Renaissance (A.D. 1550).
  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 3

Students will be required to answer ONE in-class essay question as a part of Exam 3. The following is a list of potential essay questions for the exam. Two of the essays questions below will be on Exam 3. 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 New Agricultural Revolution of the High Middle Ages. What factors caused the revolution? What agricultural innovations were made as a result of the revolution? What were the long-term effects of the Agricultural Revolution?

  2. Discuss the Commercial and Urban Revolutions of the High Middle Ages. What were the causes of these revolutions? What were their consequences?

  3. Discuss the origins of the new middle class in the High Middle Ages. Which groups made up the traditional social classes of European society before 1000? What difficulties were experienced as a result of the addition of a new middle class to this social structure? What were the attitudes of the other classes toward the new middle class? What were the consequences of the appearance of the new middle class?

  4. Discuss medieval education. What was the state of medieval education before 1100? What factors caused an expansion of the primary school system in the twelfth century? What were the consequences of this expansion? What factors caused the origin and expansion of medieval universities during the twelfth century? What were the consequences of the development of the medieval university?

  5. Discuss the rise of national monarchies and the modern state during the High Middle Ages. What were the powers and status of western European kings before 1000? What factors contributed to the rise of the modern state as a form of political organization? What are the defining functions and powers of the modern state? Discuss the factors which led to the evolution of national monarchies and the modern state in England and France.

  6. Discuss the religious revival and reform movement of the High Middle Ages. What were the major problems facing the Church in the year 1000? How were the goals of the Cluniac reform movement directed toward solving these problems? What effect did the Cluniac reform movement have on the Church? What is meant by the term papal monarchy? How did the effort to reform the church lead to papal monarchy? How did the papal monarchy lead the popes into conflict with European kings.

  7. Discuss the Crisis of the Later Middle Ages (1300-1500). What were the major calamities which Europe experienced during this period? What were the causes of these calamities? What were the consequences of these calamities? Which of these calamities had the most important long-term effect on history?

  8. Discuss the Renaissance (1350-1550). What was the Renaissance? What were its principal characteristics? What caused the Renaissance? How did the culture of the Renaissance differ from the culture of the Middle Ages? What was Renaissance humanism? What were the principal accomplishments of Renaissance culture? Who were some of the principal artists, writers, and thinkers of the Renaissance and what were some of their principal works? What were the long-term consequences of the Renaissance?

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