There is a test tomorrow (October 31). The study guide is below (copies will be handed out in class today, October 30.
Our next unit will cover the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration.
Assessment Study Guide – Assessment Date – October 31
- The Crusades
You will need to know what the Crusdades were (what was their objective?) and why they are commonly known as one of history’s “most successful failures”. To demonstrate a full understanding of the Crusdades, you will be required to contrast the stated goals and motivations of the Crusdades with the behavior of the Crusaders on the way to and during the Crusades.
Finally, you will need to explain the connection between the Crusades and the growth of trade in Western Europe. It will NOT be enough to tell me that the Crusades led to trades, you will need to give a plausible explanation as to WHY this connection exists.
2) The Spread of Trade, the Growth of European cities, and the Bubonic Plague (aka the “Black Death”)
You will need to make a clear connection between the growth of trans-continental trade between Asia and Europe and the spread of the bubonic plague. To do this, you will need to explain HOW the Europeans became aware of trading goods from east Asia, HOW the goods got from Asia to Europe (the Silk Road and the roads the Crusaders were using to get to and from the Middle East), and the role that the Pax Mongolia played in facilitating the spread of the plague.
Finally, you should be able to mention/discuss a few reasons that the plague was so deadly once it arrived in Europe. The living conditions in a typical medieval European city combined with the basic ignorance with respect to medical knowledge and reliance on the Catholic church all played a part.
3) Changes in the Balance of Power as the Middle Ages came to an end
You should be able to give a decent account of who gained/lost power as a result of the major events of the Middle Ages. Your focus should be on kings, the Catholic Church, medieval knights, and peasants (serfs). There are sound arguments to be made to support claims about how the events of the Middle Ages impacted EACH of these groups, and a student with a deep understanding of this epoch in history will be able to adequately and succinctly explain them all.