*Each question has 3 body paragraphs only
- At the beginning of the semester we discussed how the change from nomadic hunter-herder societies changed the shape of human relations. Among other things we talked about the Agricultural Revolution brought about the evolution of social classes. Use your essay to discuss how the warrior/aristocrat class gained its power and outline some of the expectations that class was expected to uphold. Then, using the Mandate of Heaven, the Land of Ghana, the Song of Roland, and the Ideal Samurai, discuss how each of these societies specifically evaluated its leadership class.
- At the beginning of the semester we discussed how the change from nomadic hunter-herder societies changed the shape of human relations. Among other things we talked about the Agricultural Revolution encouraged/made necessary the development of cities. Use your essay to discuss some of the reasons why post-Agricultural Revolution people felt the need to form cities. Then, using examples from three primary sources about cities from before and three from after the midterm, discuss some of the both positive and negative elements of pre-modern cities.
There are infinite factors that can shape the way a society responds to challenges it must face. How a society responds to epidemic disease can reveal a great deal about its values and character. Taking Jean de Venette’s On the Black Death as your starting point, discuss his assessment of the effects of the Black Death in Paris in the 14th century and how people there responded to the catastrophe. Then, use two documents (one each from Chapters 2 and 3 of The First Horseman) and compare the European response in the 14th century to those of peoples in the Americas, India, or China.
Mandate of Heaven
The Land of Ghana
The Song of Roland
The Ideal Samurai
Cortez’s Letter to Charles V on the Aztec,
Leo Africanus – Description of Timbuktu
13th Century Hangzhou
Jean de Venette On the Black Death
Texts on Medieval Towns
The First Horseman