- textbook --> 528 - 538.
- atlas --> pp. 50-51.
- CD--> music from Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.
- Powerpoint presentation on Versailles.
- Why were absolute monarchies established in several 17c European
- Summarize the views of the various political theorists of the 16c
and 17c regarding absolutism.
- How was divine-right monarchy, recognized by these theorists,
different from pure arbitrary despotic power (arbitrary monarchy)?
- How did Henry IV lay the groundwork for strong monarchical
authority in France?
- Cardinal Richelieu's two goals, as Louis XIII's chief minister,
was to strengthen the power of the king/central government and to make
France the dominant power in Europe. How did he attempt to
achieve these goals [detail his domestic and foreign policies]?
- Why did the Fronde occur in France between 1648 and 1653?
What were the immediate and long-term results of this uprising for the
future of the French monarchy?
- What were the three ways in which Louis XIV attempted to rule the
- How did Colbert's policies as Louis XIV's finance minister
illustrate the objectives of mercantilism?
- What were the strengths and weaknesses of Colbert's economic
- Why did Louis XIV build his palace complex at Versailles?
What was life like there for the French nobility?
- Why did Louis XIV revoke the Edict of Nantes in 1685? What
were the repercussions of such a move?
- What were the limits of royal absolutism in France?
- Evaluate the success of Louis XIV's foreign policy in these areas:
What were his aims? Were they realistic? To what extend
did he attain his goals?
- What were the provisions of the Treaties of Utrecht?
- When he died, in what shape did Louis XIV leave France?
- textbook --> pp. 540 - 550.
- film --> short biography of "Peter the Great".
- atlas --> pp. 41; 42 - 43; 50 - 51.
- How did Frederick William, the "Great Elector," strengthen the
power of the Hohenzollern family and increase the prestige of
- What is meant by the phrase: Let others wage war.
You, happy Austria, marry [to prosper]?
- What territories were controlled by the two different branches of
the Habsburg family in the 16c and 17c?
- Why was the Habsburg Empire's heterogeneous, polyglot structure of
territories of different nationalities her major weakness?
- What was Italy's major political problem throughout the 16c to the
- What were the accomplishments of Ivan IV of Russia? Why did
he receive the nickname, "The Terrible"?
- How was Russia organized politically and economically in the 17c?
- What did Peter the Great learn from the European countries he
visited on his "Grand Tour" of Europe in the late 17c?
- How did Peter the Great modernize his military? his
government? Russian society? the Russian Orthodox Church?
- Where did Peter the Great push to expand Russian territories?
Why did he choose those directions?
- What were the major achievements of Peter the Great's reign?
- How did Sweden play such a large role in European affairs in the
17c? What finally caused her power and influence to decline?
- Why was the Ottoman Empire considered to be a "sleeping giant? by
the Europeans at the end of the 17c?
- What were the limitations of royal absolutism?
- textbook --> pp. 551 - 554; 560 -
- atlas --> pp. 46 - 47.
- slides --> 17c Dutch artists.
- DBQ --> on the
- Identify the major centers of political power in the United
Provinces in the 17c.
- How was each province governed?
- Why was Holland the most important of the Dutch provinces?
- What role did William III of the House of Orange play in the
history of the Dutch Republic?
- Why was Amsterdam so prosperous in the 17c?
- How did the arts, especially painting, reflect 17c Dutch life?
What were some of the major themes that were stressed by Dutch artists
of the period?
- How was the religious climate in Holland different from that in
England and France in the 17c?
- What was the Dutch Republic's foreign policy agenda in the 17c?
Why were its major foreign rivals?
- Why did the Dutch Republic decline at the end of the 17c?
- What is the doctrine of mercantilism? How did the various
countries in Western Europe practice it in the 17c and 18c?
- How is mercantilism related to European colonialism?
- Why did French commercial companies experience a lot of problems
in the Far East in the 17c and early 18c?
- What were the characteristics of French Classicism in the arts?
How was it a response to the Baroque movement?
- Why was James I so unpopular with his British
subjects? What alienated him from Parliament?
- How did Charles I continue his father's political and fiscal
policies? Where did he go even further than his father?
- Why was the Petition of Rights a significant document in the
constitutional evolution of England? What was Charles I's
response to it?
- Why was the Scottish rebellion, begun in 1637, a turning point in
Charles I's reign?
- What was Parliament's view of its political and constitutional
role within the British government structure?
- How did Charles I anger most economic/political groups in England?
What were their chief complaints about his regime?
- What parts of English society initially supported the Roundheads
during the English Civil War? the Cavaliers? Why?
- What type of split occurred in the parliamentary forces by 1646?
How did Oliver Cromwell respond to this division?
- Describe the government of England under the Commonwealth and the
Protectorate. What is meant by the "regime of the major
- How did the 1652 Act of Settlement serve England's hold on
- Why did the Parliament restore the monarchy under Charles II in
- What deal did Charles II make with Louis XIV of France?
- Over what issues did Parliament and Charles II collide?
- Why was James II forced to flee England in 1688? What did he
do that so angered the British people?
- Why was the change in power from James II to William and Mary
called the "Glorious Revolution" in British history?
- Identify the major political/constitutional principles highlighted
in the English Bill of Rights [refer to the document on pg. 558 in the
textbook]. Why was it considered a milestone in British history?
- Create a CHART which compares and contrasts the political
philosophies of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
- Why was Hobbes viewed as the apologist for divine-right monarchy?
- How did Locke's writings convert the English Revolution of 1688
into an event of universal meaning?