More Final exam tips

More tips to help you study for the final exam: these questions might be short essay questions or broken down into keyword definitions.


Considering The Human Web, Chapter 6:

  1. Please describe the central nodes and the frontier areas of the Old World Web in Eurasia. What differentiated societies living within the Old World Web from people who were outside of it?
  2. Describe the major technological changes that allowed the independent Old World, American, and Pacific webs to eventually connect into one worldwide web?
  3. What developments set Europe apart from China after the Black Plague in the 14th century?
  4. The McNeils’ define categories of long-term trends from 1500-1800: intellectual/cultural; political; economic; social; ecological; and geographical. Evaluate the significance of 3 of these trends: How did specific developments impact world history?

Broader questions looking at the entire course:

  1. Identify and describe the world historical significance of 2 different societies residing in the Eurasian steppe. (How did such groups impact world economics, politics, or cultural developments?)
  2. Select 2 cities (chapters) from the Places of Encounter book and evaluate their similarities and differences as sites of global encounters.

Questions about in-class readings/lectures/videos/podcasts:

  1. What characteristics set wheat apart from other domesticated grains? Why does Fernandez-Armesto call it the “world conqueror” in his book Near a Thousand Tables?
  2. Evaluate the significance of the recent findings of Viking settlement in northern Canada.
  3. Describe the historical significance of sugar: how did its cultivation change over time; how did it impact world societies economically, politically, and socially?
  4. Describe the significance of Christine de Pizan’s life and writings.
  5. Describe the long-term connection between Greek scholars, Islamic translators, and Renaissance humanists.

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