Assignment #1
 

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Questions:

  1. How did Elizabeth I deal with the religious issue in England when she became queen?
  2. Why did Elizabeth I put Mary Stuart under house arrest for so many years?  What was she afraid of?
  3. What role did Sir Francis Drake and the "Sea Dogs" play in the growing tensions between England and Spain?
  4. Regarding Queen Elizabeth I's "Armada" speech:
          - How does she appeal to her subjects by describing herself as both a woman
            and a king?  Why was it necessary for her to take this approach?
          - Who and what are the enemies of Elizabeth and England in this speech?
          - How does the speech draw on English nationalism without making it a
            religious issue?  Why would she play down religious tensions?
  5. Why did Philip II take upon himself the leadership of the Catholic Counter-Reformation?  Why was Spain ideally suited to be the instrument of Philip's ambitions?
  6. What was the general state of political and religious affairs in Europe in the first years of Philip II's reign?  What conflict existed between religious and national loyalties?
  7. Why did Philip II send the Armada Católica, the Spanish Armada, against Elizabeth I in 1588?  What were the results of this move for Spain?  for England?
  8. What were the political, economic, and religious issues that entered into the revolt of the Netherlands?  How did this revolt merge with the international political and religious struggles in Europe at the time?
  9. Why did Spain decline as a major European power during the reign of Philip III?  What role did the Catholic Church especially play in this decline?
 
  Assignment #2
 

Sources:

 

Questions:

  1. Analyze the validity of this statement:  The Thirty Years' War was in part a German religious war and in part a German civil war fought over constitutional issues in the Holy Roman Empire.
  2. How did European rivalries and ambitions become linked to the conflict within Germany in the late 16c and early 17c?
  3. Create a CHART that briefly identify each stage of the Thirty Years' War -->  What were the key issues? -- The results of each phase? -- The winners? -- The losers?
  4. What were the social, political, economic, and religious reasons behind the uniqueness of the United Provinces in Europe?
  5. How was the small area of the United Provinces able to defend itself against Spain?  What explains its rapid economic and cultural success?
  6. Why was Sweden able to rise from a second-rate power to a position of dominance in the Baltic during the 17c?
  7. Identify the major provisions of the Treaty of Westphalia in the following areas by creating another CHART:  the religious settlement, territorial changes, and political/diplomatic changes.
  8. How did the Peace of Westphalia mark the advent in international law of the modern system of independent sovereign states?
  9. Why have some historians labeled the Thirty Years' War the "last of the religious wars", while others have called it the "first modern war"?  Which is the more accurate assessment?  Why?
  10. What was the military revolution which resulted from the Thirty Years' War?  What effect did it have on warfare in the 16c and 17c?
  11. What were some of the population trends and changes that occurred in Europe during the 17c?  How do you explain these population patterns/
  12. How was the 17c society organized?  What were the possibilities for social mobility among various social groups?
  13. Why did the peasants experience increased economic and social difficulties at the end of the 16c?
  14. How was traditional village life changing in the 17c?  What were some of the forces of that change?
  15. What were some of the characteristics of urban life in the 17c?
  16. What was the Malleus Maleficarum?  How was it used during the witch craze?
  17. Describe the typical "profile" of an accused witch.
  18. Why was this profiled individual especially targeted?
  19. What was the theological view of women in the 16c and 17c in Europe?
  20. What was the importance of social and economic conditions in explaining the witchcraft hysteria?
  21. Why did this hysteria subside substantially by the end of the 17c and early 18c?
 
                
 
 
 

                
 
Quizzes:
  1. Textbook Quiz --> chapter 16
  2. Other Quizzes:  A    B
Outlines / Lecture Notes:
  1. "1300-1815" (Mr. Mercado)
  2. outline --> "The Thirty Years' War -1"
  3. lecture outline --> "Wars of Religion and Early Modern Europe" (Prof. David McGee, Central Virginia Community College)

Review Sheets:

  1. Giant EHAP Review Sheet by a student from the class of '04, Horace Greeley HS
  2. chart --> "Social History Study Guide" (Mr. Mercado)
  3. chart --> "Economics Development Study Guide" (Mr. Mercado)
  4. chart --> "The Rise of Constitutionalism and Liberalism" (Mr. Mercado)

 


   
 

Ten Commandments of Good Historical Writing

College Board A. P. European History Course Description (.pdf file)