Similarity and difference or a change and continuity



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AP World History:

MW #8 Thesis Writing
Task: for each essay prompt, write a clear 2-3 sentence thesis statement (on loose-leaf paper or typed). This thesis must clearly state a similarity and difference or a change and continuity. This thesis should be the argument you would make if you were writing this essay. You must answer all parts of the question for full credit!

  • Be sure to mention the time period(s) and locations/groups addressed in the question.

  • You must address the specific themes asked for. If it asks for cultural and political changes and continuities, you cannot discuss economics.

  • For change & continuity prompts, you must give the years of when the change started and ended and the time frame of the entire continuity

  • For similarity and difference prompts, you must mention the general time period (for example: post-classical era)

  • Each thesis statement will be worth ten points.

  • The clarity and persuasiveness of your thesis will increase your score.

  • Of course, it also must be historically accurate and able to be supported by evidence.


Prompt #1: Change and Continuity Over Time (Foundations/Classical)

  1. Analyze the cultural and political changes and continuities in ONE of these civilizations during the early classical era from 1000 to 1 B.C.E.

  • Rome

  • China

  • India


Prompt #2: Comparative (Foundations/Classical)

  1. Compare and contrast the reasons for and outcomes of the fall of TWO of the following classical civilizations:


Prompt #3: Comparative (Foundations/Classical)

  1. Analyze the similarities and differences in methods of political control in two of the following empires in the classical period.

  • Han China

  • Mauryan/Gupta India

  • Imperial Rome


Prompt #4: Comparative (Foundations/Classical)

  1. Compare and contrast the belief systems of two of the following societies during the classical period:

  • Greece

  • India

  • Rome

  • China


Prompt #5: Comparative (Early Modern)

  1. Compare and contrast changes in religious beliefs and practices in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America/Caribbean during the early modern era.


Prompt #6: Change and Continuity Over Time (Post-Classical to Early Modern)

  1. Discuss the economic and social changes and continuities in the Muslim Empires from 600 to 1750.


Prompt #7: Comparative (Early Modern)

  1. Compare and contrast the demographic changes (changes in population) in the Americas and Africa during the early modern period.


Prompt #8: Change and Continuity Over Time (Post-Classical to Early Modern 600 – 1750)

  1. Analyze the political and cultural changes and continuities in China from 600 to 1750.


Prompt #9: Change and Continuity Over Time (Post-Classical to Early Modern 600 – 1750)

  1. Analyze the political and cultural changes and continuities in Japan from 600 to 1750.


Prompt #10: Comparative (Revolutions 1750 to 1914)

10. Compare and contrast the political and economic motivations for the French and Latin American revolutions.


Bonus (+10): Compare and contrast the causes for World War I and World II.

You are NOT limited by these sample formats!
Sample Format for Compare & Contrast Thesis Statement:
During the classical era, both Judaism and Buddhism spread through trade. However, Judaism spread through forced migrations and Buddhism interacted more peacefully through missionary and trade activity.
Sample Format for Change and Continuity Over Time Thesis Statement:
During the time period 1000-1750, Islam affected South Asia politically through the continued use of strong armies and bureaucracies. However, a major cultural change that occurred during this period was religious tolerance created under Akbar the Great (1556-1605), which allowed for a temporary easing of Hindu/Muslim tensions.


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