Exam IV (Chapters 11-14)
For this exam you will write one essay on a broad question:
How do you see societies from the Mediterranean to East Asia changing in Chapters 11-14? Consider how ideas and cultural interactions from this era have contributed to our world.
To answer the question, please do one of these options:
Option I: Standard essay with about 4 pages of writing. Pictures are encouraged but not required in this option. If you use pictures, what you write about the pictures can count toward the 4 pages.
Option II: Illustrated essay with at least 2.5 pages of writing and at least five pictures. In this option, integrate the pictures with the writing so they reinforce each other.
Use information related to the reading handouts for Chapter 11-14. You will probably need about 2-3 key terms from each chapter. Key terms are in bold on the reading handouts. You may also use material from the Intro to Part 3, where Bentley and Ziegler make fascinating generalizations about Postclassical Societies.
You may also use material from our small book about the Silk Roads or from the recommended supplemental materials in the Websites and Videos section on Blackboard.
When you use key terms from the reading handouts please put them in bold or highlight them. To use a handout question that doesn’t have any bold, highlight or make bold a few words from the question.
Please write in short to medium-sized paragraphs (generally five sentences or less per paragraph).
In your first paragraph, please provide an introduction with a general statement about the broad changes you are discussing in your essay. Mention one or more key aspects of society (such as philosophy, government, trade, or artistic expression) that you choose to emphasize.
In your last paragraph, provide a conclusion to tie the essay together. Give the reader one or two insights to walk away with. Tell how the material enriches our lives or helps us understand our world.
Feel free to write extra or use extra pictures if this could add value to your essay. I sometimes give over 100% on exams. I encourage you to do your best work within a time frame reasonable for you.