Take-Home Semester Final
World History 2
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Due Date – 12 Noon, Monday, December 18, 2017
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose any TWO of the following FIVE numbered prompts and write a comprehensive response to each.
- THEME – Inventions
Choose ANY TWO inventions from among those we discussed in class this semester. For EACH invention you select, you should do the following:
- Explain what the invention is. How did this invention improve upon how things were done prior to the creation of this invention?
- How did the presence of this invention impact the lives of TWO distinct groups of people? Make sure you are careful, clear, and thorough in your discussion.
2. THEME – Actions of Individuals
Choose the actions taken by TWO distinct individuals we studied this semester. For EACH individual you select, you should do the following:
- Describe the action taken by the individual. Be careful, clear, and thorough in your explanation.
- How did this person’s action(s) impact the lives of TWO distinct groups of people? Make sure you are careful, clear, and thorough in your discussion.
3. THEME – Turning Points in History
A turning point is an event that radically changes the direction of history or introduces pathways that were not present before. While making sure that you are not simply re-creating your response to another question on the final, you should do the following:
- Explain what the turning point is.
- Explain WHY this event/invention/action should be considered a turning point by discussing the turning point’s impact on TWO distinct groups of people. Make sure you are careful, clear, and thorough in your discussion.
4. THEME – Speaking Truth to Power
History is full of examples of people who take the courageous/foolish action of speaking out against the powerful forces that control much of the society in which that person lives. These examples of “speaking truth to power” do not always yield the same results.
Choose ANY TWO examples from history that involve someone speaking out against powerful forces of his/her time. For EACH example you select, you should do the following:
- What situation was the protagonist of your story facing? What were the political/social conditions that the protagonist was confronting with his/her words/actions?
- What happened to this person as a consequence of his/her actions? Why do you think those in power reacted in the way that they did?
- To what degree was the protagonist successful in creating/inspiring the change that he/she set out to achieve? Evaluate whether the consequence the protagonist suffered was “worth” the results that came out of the effort.
5. THEME – An interesting contrast
Part of what we do in history is to judge/evaluate the actions of historical figures. Because we cannot help but exist in the time and circumstances in which we live, we can sometimes fall into the trap of evaluating past actions against the background of our moral sensibilities.
Explore this idea by examining the stories of Cleopatra and King Henry VIII of England. For EACH of the two figures, start off by doing the following:
- Give a summary of the actions that each ruler took that make each of them noteworthy figures in history. (What did they do?)
- How are the two leaders alike? Think about what they are doing and why they are doing it?
- Why might these two leaders be judged differently from each other? Do you believe that one leader is treated more “fairly” than the other? Why would this be true?