|Midterm Exam Study Guide, Fall 2010
Instructions: The midterm exam is scheduled for October 21. Bring to the exam a pen and a blank blue book. You may not use either books or notes on the exam. The exam will consist of two parts:
Part I: Short answer. There will be 7 questions listed in this part, you will answer 5. These questions will be similar to those you see in the pop quizzes; however, they will require 2 or 3 sentences to properly answer. Below are some of the important people and topics we have discussed so far.
People Events Ideas
Hideyoshi Scientific Revolution Laissez-faire Economics
Akbar European Enlightenment Mercantilism
Louis XIV Edict of Nantes Absolutism
Suleyman the Magnificent European Reformation Urbanization
Kangxi Fall of the Ming Empire Encomienda System
Aurangzeb Fall of Mughal Empire Humanism
Sir Isaac Newton Peace of Augsburg Induction
Askia Muhammed Treaty of Tordesillas Deduction
Martin Luther Elizabethan Settlement Shogun
Charles V Peace of Augsburg Calvinism
Queen Njinga St. Bartholomew’s Day Trading post empire
Henry VIII Unification of Japan
Part II: You will be asked to write a well-organized, thoughtful essay in which, drawing on the materials presented in the readings and lectures, you answer one of four questions from the following list. You should develop your essays thoroughly from points brought up in the lectures. If asked to give your opinion, you should give concrete examples to support your points. You may supplement your answer with material from the textbook. I will not deduct points for spelling and grammar, but I will deduct for mistakes, so make sure your essay is well prepared. The essay will count for 40% of your exam grade, or 60 points. Here are some sample questions:
1. Describe the differences between the trading post empire and conquest empires. What were their different goals and methods?
2. How did society secularize from the 15th to the 18th centuries? Who were the key people responsible for the shift?
3. What were the reasons for the Unification of Japan? How did the Tokugawa Shoguns rule Japan?
4. In what ways did the Ottoman, Safavid, Songhai and Mughal emperors rule these two empires? What were their more significant similarities and differences?
5. How did the nature of the state change in Europe compared with the Eurasian empires of China and India?
6. Describe the reasons for the fall of the Ming Empire and the success of Kangxi.
7. How did the Portuguese gain control over the Kingdoms of Kongo and Ndongo? How did this differ from the methods which the Dutch used in Capetown?
8. In what ways did the European Reformation help the European rulers centralize their power?