Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Study Terms for the Last Quiz!

Pages 475-480

El Greco
Peter Paul Rubens
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Ectasy of Saint Theresa
Artemisia Gentileschi
Judith Beheading Holofenes
French Classicism
Nicholas Poussin
Judith Leyster
Rembrandt van Rijn
William Shakespeare
Lope de Vega
Jean-Baptiste Racine
Jean-Baptiste Moliere

Pages 510-517

Immanuel Kant
Bernard de Fontenelle
Plurality of Worlds
Pierre Bayle
Historical and Critical Dictionary
John Locke
Essay Concerning Human Understanding
tabula rasa
Baron de Montesquieu
The Spirit of the Laws
Treatise on Toleration
Denis Diderot
David Hume
Treatise on Human Nature
Adam Smith
The Wealth of Nations

Monday, May 3, 2010

Last Quiz

Quiz 6 will be given today. This is the quiz that was moved from last Friday.

Your seventh and last quiz will be given on Monday, May 10! I am moving it from Friday, May 7 to Monday.

It will cover everything in the notes from the Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great through the Enlightenment and however far we get by Wednesday.

In the readings it will cover pages 475-480, 510-517 (stop at The Later Enlightenment).

Study terms will go up tomorrow!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Questions For Your Papers

Here are the questions for your papers. Please write only on the topic you volunteered for. I will return your quiz today, so be sure to hold onto it and look on the back of the paper if you forget your topic!!! If you write on a different topic, there will be a twenty point deduction taken from your paper!!! Also, if you did not attend class on Friday and did not inform me ahead of time as to your topic, you have an automatic -10. (You know who you are...there are some consistent skippers in this class and they are going to pay the price!)

Your paper should be typed in a reasonable font, and be between 2-4 pages in length. It needs a title, but you are not to put the question at the top of the paper. You should answer the question thoroughly and thoughtfully, in essay form. You are not to do outside research---this is about how you respond to an assigned reading. You will be graded on how well you answer the question (content) and on how well you write (composition). You should not have spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Please note--this paper is to be your own work. You need to sign it like the honor code. DO NOT use the writing lab or an outside reader, and do not discuss it with your classmates. Please treat it like a quiz.

Also, in writing, you are welcome to use the first person--"I believe that Ivan was the worst ruler ever" or "I'm glad I didn't live in the 14th century." Avoid the use of "you"---"You know that Ivan was awesome" or "You are always aware of history." Expect to lose points if you do this!!!!!

The paper is not due until Monday, April 26, in class. However, if you finish the paper and turn it in by class time on Friday, I will give you a bonus point on it!!!!

You will turn in a hard copy to me, but be sure to save a copy as an electronic file, in case I need it.

Here are the questions:

"A Religion of Rationality"

What forces within the Church of England, the Catholic Church in France, and among intellectuals across Europe combined to challenge traditional religion by the 18th century?

"Through European Eyes"

What aspects of Japanese culture did the Jesuits admire and what aspects did they find strange? How did these people from opposite sides of the earth find common ground?

"Winds of Change"

The 14th century was a rough time for Europe due to famine, plague, and war. But how was it also a rough century for the Catholic Church? What challenges did the Church face from within and from outside forces?

"Ivan the Terrible"

So was Ivan really terrible (awful) or terrible (awe-inspiring)? Based on this reading, which do you find him to be?

"Horsemen From The Sea"

In considering the story of the Aztec and the Inca conquest, do you interpret these acts as daring and audacious, or as cruel and inhumane? Based on this reading, how do you view the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru?

"Peter the Great"

Was Peter the Great really great or really mean? Does he deserve accolades, or was he merely a tyrant who enjoyed indulging his whims and imposing his will on his people?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Quiz Readings for Quiz on April 30

Please note that this is the assignment for Quiz 6, on Friday, April 30. The notes will cover everything from Henri IV to the Glorious Revolution. This is a big chunk of notes and should get you into the habit of studying for your final exam!

Here are the readings: page 461 (begin with Russia) to 463 (end at Great Northern states) and page 468 (start at England) to 475 (end at Florishing of European Culture).


Ivan IV (The Terrible)
Time of Troubles
Zemsky Sobor
Michael Romanov
Peter the Great
Table of Ranks
Charles XII
Battle of Narva
Great Northern War
Peace of Nystadt


James I
Charles I
"Ship Money"
Henrietta Maria
William Laud
Long Parliament
Triennial Act
John Pym
New Model Army
Oliver Cromwell
Rump Parliament
Rump Parliament
Instrument of Government
Lord Protector
Charles II
Test Act
James II
William of Orange
Mary Glorious Revolution
Bill of Rights
Toleration Act
Thomas Hobbs
John Locke
Two Treatises of Government

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Thoughts on Exams

Dear HIS Students--here are the results of the 2nd exam. I did get everyone's test graded, but because we had a few people who were sick and will have to make the test up, I can not hand papers back for a few days. I will have your grades, however.

A = 4
A- = 4
B+ = 3
B = 4
B- = 1
C+ = 3
C = 4
C- = 4
D = 5
F = 7

What I am about to say next is strictly to try and help people who may feel that they are struggling with this course!

I know that several people in class are considering dropping (WP). It is my policy to allow you to withdraw passing no matter what your grade is. But should a student drop? That is a decision that I can not make for anyone---only the student can make it! I will say this---you should never drop my course just because you have figured that you won't make an A in it. I certainly don't expect everyone to make As!!! I understand that for most people, history is nothing but 'boring stuff about dead people' and that not matter how hard I work to make it relevant or entertaining, some folks just will never warm up to it. I also realize that some people think my standards are too high, but I am not going to lower them---I feel that Wofford has a reputation to uphold and that if you want easy classes, well, there are some other schools you could go to, right? And I understand that if you get off to a bad start, it may be impossible to catch up, and that many people just don't click with my style of teaching. There's nothing wrong or insulting to me when a student drops. I hate to lose you, but I only want what is best for you.

If you have a borderline situation and you aren't sure whether you should drop or not, consider these factors:

*Can I devote more time to studying for this class?
*Am I will to take some time with a tutor---Wofford has a free tutoring program!
*Am I willing to talk to the instructor and ask questions when I don't understand something.
*Can I pay more attention in class? Do I have any bad habits that are hurting me (like texting in class, talking, daydreaming, etc.)
*Am I willing to never skip class?
*Do I have another class that is more important to me than this class, and that I am also struggling with?
*Would I be better off to take this in summer school, where I can give all my time and energy to one class?

Please don't ask me to work the grade math for you! You can look at the syllabus and do your own figuring!!!!

If dropping is not an option for you and you are really worried about your grade, please set up a time to talk to me and perhaps go over some of your work. I WANT you to SUCCEED! But that may mean a lot of extra time and effort if history is not your favorite subject. And please, if what you are struggling with is not history but another type of issue---poor health, anxiety, roommate problems, time management, etc.---please seek help from the appropriate people. Wofford has a lot of great services for its students. If you don't know who you should consult, talk to me and I will help you get to the right person.

I know that maybe some of you think I am mean. That's OK, you can think what you want. But I know that I care about my students and I want you to get something out of this class, something more meaningful than just a grade. So please, when you get your grade tomorrow, think seriously about this class and your future in it!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Quiz Material for Friday, April 16

For the quiz on Friday, April 16, please read pages 403-406 and 451-456 in your textbook and study the notes beginning with Queen Elizabeth through however far we get on Wednesday, April 14.

I am having some essays put up on the library's electronic reserve system for you. They should be available by next Tuesday. Please take a look at them and choose the one that interests you the most. We will discuss your short response papers next week---they are not due until April 23.

Here are some study terms from the textbook.


Thirty-Nine Articles

Mary, Queen of Scots


Philip II

Spanish Armada



Divine-right monarch

Bishop Jacques Bossuet

Politics Drawn From the very Words of Holy Scripture

Louis XIII

Cardinal Richelieu


Cardinal Mazarin


Nobles of the Robe

Nobles of the Sword

Louis XIV (The Sun King)


Edict of Fontainebeleau

Jean-Baptiste Colbert



Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Exam 2 Format

10 Matching (2 points each)

26 IDs (2 points each)

6 True/False (2 points each)

1 list (3 things, 1 point each)

1 out of 3 essays for 13 points

Please be sure to review the blog for all the proper readings! You can expect some book questions that are based on the study terms given.