World History Homework Seven Answers - Student Ten

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World History Homework Six


1. The Renaissance, a cultural renewal which encouraged great art and literature based on ancient Greek and Roman works, occurred from approximately 1300 to 1600 throughout most of Europe. In northern Europe, it continued through 1700.


2. Martin Luther was a major Christian reformer in the 1500s; he is most famous for posting ninety-five theses (questions/arguments) challenging the sale of indulgences and the corruption of the church in Wittenberg in 1517. According to one of his most devoted followers, Philip Melanchthon, it occurred on October 31 (All Saint’s Day), but there is little or no evidence to support that claim.

Good additional tidbit about the actual day! Well done.

3. The Baroque style was a type of art and music which intended to create feelings of emotion in the viewer or listener, as well as creating a dimension of realism. It flourished in Germany during the Renaissance.

Right, but note that it was not limited to Germany.

4. English has a long and complex history, borrowing from Latin, French, Danish, and German to create it. Originally, Old English formed from Germanic languages. In about 1200, French (imported from England’s conquered areas of France) and Latin began to change it slightly. Eventually, around 1600, it was more like the language we know today, although it is continually changing and adding new words like “gung ho” (work together) from Chinese and “skunk” and “tomahawk” from various Indian dialects.

Good, humorous examples of new words! Perhaps I should add "gung ho" to our growing list of Essay:Best New Conservative Words.

5. In China, the Tang dynasty lasted for more than 300 years; it was a “golden age” of art and poetry and China acquired new territories such as Tibet and Manchuria. It was overthrown by a peasant’s revolt in A.D. 907.


6. The Renaissance probably occurred in Europe as opposed to Asia because there was more trading in Italy after the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. Important cities such as Rome, Genoa, Florence, and Milan received more trade from Africa and Greece, as Constantinople was no longer a Christian city. The immense size of Asia also was a factor; it would have been extremely difficult to obtain old Greek works or distribute them widely across the whole of Asia. The spread of knowledge was facilitated by the greater trade in Europe after the Crusades.

Excellent, may use as a model answer!

7. Many terrorists and communist leaders today could be described as Machiavellian; one prime example is Osama bin Laden, the main orchestrator of the 9/11 attacks. Among the beliefs he holds is that Israel and the West must be destroyed at all costs, even at the cost of using weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons).

Not sure how well the violence fits in with Machiavellian philosophy.

H1. The English language has only twenty-six characters to express words, aside from punctuation and the like. This makes it simple to write on paper and on a computer. Besides, as many languages from Celtic to Latin contributed to the formation of the English language, it is continually adopting new words from other languages and creating new words (see Essay:Best New Conservative Words).

Ah ha, you found my favorite entry! Good answer. Well done.

H3. The Catholic Church had become very materialistic and flawed by the end of the Middle Ages. Priests taught in Latin, and the Bible was only in Latin, so the common people could not read or understand themselves—they had to depend upon priests to read it to them. Rather than praying only to and worshipping only God, people would make small offerings to and pray to certain saints. The Pope was believed to be more than a mere man, who had the power over souls in “purgatory.” The Church had strayed badly from the original doctrine of Jesus, and a reformation was needed. Its effect was to create several churches where there were only two: the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

Your answer is thought-provoking. I don't know if the Pope was considered to have power over souls in purgatory. By implication, given that indulgences were sold, perhaps he did. Well, as I write this, I'm not sure that's true. Let me research this more ...
... OK, I'm back. I've read and reread the official definition of an "indulgence", and I still don't know if that gives the Pope special power over souls in purgatory. You may be right in your concise statement about it.
When an answer stumps me, then it deserves special praise! Congratulations.

H7. Chivalry recognizes that both man and woman have certain responsibilities and strengths, rather than trying to erase physical and mental distinctions (no, I am not saying that girls are dumber or smarter, they simply usually do better at different things), feminizing men, masculinizing women, and pretending that we are exactly the same. God intended specific roles for both man and woman.

Excellent. May use as a model.
Terrific homework! 100/100.--Andy Schlafly 23:28, 21 March 2009 (EDT)
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