Western Civilization

Final Examination Review Guide

 

3 ESSAYS: 90 points

In order to fully answer this question you must know what the Western ideals are and understand the significance and meaning of “culture”! If you don’t – review this NOW.

1 Critical Reading: 10 points – Review critical reading process and practice!

 

1.     Who is Western Man?

The question will require you to thoroughly and thoughtfully analyze the history of the Western world and decide who, in all of history, best embodies Western culture and ideals.  The person/people you select can come from any historical period(s) studied, provided they meet the criteria for western ideal/culture i.e. what it means to be western. Your response must:

 

 

 

Insight into the Essential Question: Who is Western Man?

Answers the Essential Question effectively and persuasively; answer is richly supported with relevant, appropriate information; person(s) selected embodies the Western ideals identified and analyzed by the student.

10     9

Answers the Essential Question effectively; answer is adequately supported with relevant, appropriate information; person(s) selected embodies the Western ideals identified and analyzed by the student.

 

8     7

Answers the Essential Question effectively, but lacks adequate support with relevant information; person(s) selected might not fully embody the Western ideals identified as analyzed by the student, or connection between person(s) and ideals is lacking.

 

6     5

Essential Question is not addressed or is not answered effectively; answer lacks support with relevant information; person(s) selected does not embody the Western ideals as identified by the student, or connection between person(s) and ideals is not made.

 

4     3

Essential Question is not addressed or is not answered effectively; no attempt is made to show relationship between person(s) selected and Western ideals, or person selected is not a significant figure in Western history.

 

 

2     1     0

 

 

 

 

On the day of the exam, you will be expected to respond to two (2) of the following essays.  

Each essay response is worth 30 pointsNote: I will choose the essay questions so you must prepare for all!

 

 

2.     To what extent did the authority of the Medieval Church and its political supporters destroy the tradition of rational thought of the classical world? Use specific examples from each period studied to support your answer.

 

3.     Were the intellectual advancements of the Renaissance period (1400 – 1650) a result of innovation in a new age or imitation of classical thought? Choose two of the following to support your answer:

·       Italian Humanism

·       Scientific Revolution

·       Exploration

 

4.     Art Analysis: Discuss how The School of Athens (Raphael, 1483-1520) supports the claim that Ancient Greek society provided the ideological and political foundation for modern Western society. You must connect Renaissance themes to their Greek counterparts using at least three individuals represented in the painting to support your claim.

·       Consider the significance/importance of the following: the title of the painting, who is depicted and how they are represented (what are they doing in the painting? Why is this significant for our understanding of the claim?), women are included in the school and are conversing/studying with men.

·       Note: The person on the extreme right with the black beret is a self-portrait of Raphael.

 

Holding the CTRL key + clicking on the image below will bring you to a site that shows who some of the people below represent. 

 

schoolofathens

 

Study hint: Do a close analysis of this painting using the qs above as your guide.