Honors Western Humanities 2009 Final Exam

Strongly advise creating study groups for the final review [run your own Socratic seminar!]

Know all of the following – I will choose 6 of the bulleted themes/concepts for the final.

·         Be able to compare Humanist Philosophers/Scientists of the Enlightenment with the philosophers/Scientists of the Classic and Medieval period.

·         Trace Christianity’s rise from minor cult to ruler of the western world to the Protestant Reformation. Incorporate specific examples of how and why shifts in the Churches power and influence increased/decreased from Classic to Reformation.

·         Be able to discuss how Ancient, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance, art and literature reflect the PERSIA of the period studied. You must include 2 art and 2 literature examples to support your claim.

·          Review the political and economic systems of Medieval Europe – be able to compare the Early/High/Late Middle Ages and discuss how/why the systems evolved.

·         How the Bubonic Plague generates a paradigm shift from Medieval to Renaissance Europe.

·         Greek Ideal vs. Renaissance Man using specific examples. (Homer, Socrates, Pericles…; Medici, Luther, Di Vinci …)

·         Know and give examples of women’s roles/influence from Ancient [Minoan/Mycenae/Homer], Classic [Greece and Rome], Middle Ages, Renaissance -to the Enlightenment.

·         Know 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. Be able to identify and discuss three philosophers depicted in the painting.

·         What is the best form of government? Know how each philosopher studied in What is the best Form of Government  would respond to this question.

·         Trace the evolution of government from the Classics (Polis – Alexander; monarchy-republic-empire) the Middle Ages (Feudalism/Manorialism) through the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment (Monarchy – Absolutism – Republic).

·         Of the Enlightened thinkers studied in class, which had the greatest impact on democracy? Why?

·         Scientific Revolution: