History Final

Can you help me understand this History question?

This examination is based on a series of lectures found at The History Guide, which is located at: http://www.historyguide.org/earlymod/earlymod.html. Completed examinations should be written up in Word and then uploaded to the Final Examination Assignment link, and are due by 11:55PM EST, Sunday, April 26, 2020.

The final examination should be a single Word document only – do NOT upload five individual essays. Title pages are not required. Please double-space your essays. Thanks.

Just take the questions and copy them to a Word doc – or simply open the Word doc I have already supplied you, then record your essay after each question.

There should be NO footnotes as this is not a research essay. Simply read the questions, look at the book, take some notes, read the questions again, and then close the book and sit on it. What that means is that imagine you are talking this test in class and have two hours to get it done. The better essays will be written off the top of your head. The better essays will not rehash what the book says. The better essays will tell me what YOU think.

Please remember to write on ALL FIVE questions. Each essay should be 300-400 words in length and each essay is worth 20% of the total exam grade.

1. While the Renaissance began in Italy, there was also a Renaissance in northern Europe. Compare the Italian Renaissance with the Northern Renaissance. How can we account for the similarities and differences?

2. Thanks to Luther and Calvin, the Protestant Reformation moved across Europe with great speed. How do you explain the quickness with which people either reaffirmed their Catholic faith or became Protestant?

3. What characteristics and tendencies did the Renaissance and the Reformation share? What common trends did they reflect and/or promote in Europe?

4. The period from 1450 to 1650, witnessed a profound extension of European society beyond the borders of the Continent. What were the factors that facilitated this expansion? What was the motivation, both for the individual European explorers and the states that supported them?

5. The Scientific Revolution has been described as an epistemological revolution – a revolution in knowledge. Why were the ideas of Copernicus, Galileo and Newton so revolutionary?

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