A. Exam 1 will be given on Friday, February 9, 2001.

B. Exam 1 will cover:

  1. All lectures from January 17 through February 7 (American Revolution).
  2. Perry et al., Western Civilization, pages 377-461.
    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 study the textbook material on the Scientific Revolution 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 Age of Absolutism and ending with the American Revolution.
  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 Louis XIV's quest for absolute power. What were the three general strategies Louis used to strengthen his powers? Assess the degree to which Louis succeeded in each of these strategies. Cite specific examples from the lectures and the textbook to support your answer.

  2. Discuss the Stuart kings of England. In what ways were each of these kings alike in the way they exercised power? In what ways were they different from each other? What problems did they share which caused each of them to fail as king?

  3. Compare and contrast the role which religion played in prompting the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution.

  4. Discuss the Scientific Revolution. What ideas and assumptions of medieval science and cosmology were challenged by the new science? What prompted Europeans to abandon these ideas and seek a new understanding of the universe during the Scientific Revolution? What were the central ideas of the Scientific Revolution? What caused educated Europeans to embrace the new science (be sure to include non-scientific factors)? What was the impact of the Scientific Revolution on the early modern world?

  5. John Locke's political theory was used to justify the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89 and the American Revolution of 1775-83. Discuss the ways in which the participants in these revolutions used Locke's theory to support their revolution. How was the use of his theory similar in both revolutions? How was the use of his theory different in these revolutions?

  6. Discuss the Enlightenment. What were the major intellectual assumptions of the Enlightenment? How did the Enlightenment influence the views of western society toward religion, politics, and economics. Who were some of the more influential enlightenment thinkers? What contribution did each make to western thought?

  7. Discuss the international rivalry between France and Britain from 1688 to 1783. What factors were the underlying causes of the rivalry? What effect did the rivalry have on European diplomacy? How did the rivalry affect the status of both nations in international politics? How did the rivalry affect the causes and outcome of the American Revolution?

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