Midterm essay topics

Dec 15, 2015
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Since school was unexpectedly closed today and we lost a review session, here are the 2 essay questions you need to prepare for the midterm.

  1.  Islam has shaped the lifestyles of the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East, and parts of Europe.  Describe its origins, its teachings, the Five Pillars, and why it is considered a way of life.  Give a brief summary of the rise of the Umayyad Empire and then discuss the Golden Age of the Abbasid Empire, focusing on some of their achievements in science, art, literature, and architecture.

  1. Throughout history, the direction of trade routes has been responsible for the spread of ideas and cultures.  India, China, Persia, Arabia, West Africa, Europe, and Islamic Spain have benefited from and been affected by having contact with one another.  Explain the outcome and impact of these contacts by giving specific examples, referring to the various empires you have studied about.