World History Homework Nine Answers - Student 2

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1. Now that you've taken the midterm exam, how might you improve when you take the final exam at the end of this course? In taking the final exam, I need to focus on fully digesting the new material presented in the second half. My errors in the midterm were basically unconnected; one resulting from my poor placement of Moses relative to Egyptian kingdoms and the other resulting from my neglect of Martin Luther's philosophy of sola scriptura being reflected in his quote. I could have solved both of these questions if I had focused on date placement: the first question clearly asks me to know the dates of Moses and the Egyptian kingdoms and for the second question if I had linked the quote's grammar to its time period, I could have clearly have understood that Charlemagne was too antiquated to have a quote like "I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scripture and engraving this in the heart of the youth." So, ruling out the other two obvious wrong answers, Martin Luther is obviously correct. So to make a long story short, for the final, I should review my date sequencing.

Very good analysis.

2. Summarize the French Revolution. Basically the French Revolution can be summarized in three words: "a senseless bloodbath". More specifically, it was the result of an inherently corrupted system which was based on an aristocratic government that could easily shut down the popular delegation's opinion. As extreme poverty spread to the majority of the French the extreme gluttony of the upper class epitomized by degeneration such as Marquis de Sade gave the French a good cause to topple the system. As the French overthrew the current system they soon realized they didn't know where to go, and so they based their government on hatred: of Christianity as shown in their idiotic state religion, of the rich as shown in their merciless and reckless use of the guillotine, and of the past as shown in their progressive reforms such as the creation of a 10 day week. The leaders soon were killed and Napoleon capitalized to take power and transform France into basically the same France as it was before the revolution.

Superb, concise explanation of the French Revolution. Your three-word summary -- "a senseless bloodbath" -- is worthy of a movie or book title about this sorry episode of world history. Your analysis of the causes and the result afterward are excellent as well.

4. Add three terms and descriptions to the "World History Study Guide from 1648" (the one for the second half of this course). If you add five terms and descriptions, then that will be credit for two questions. I added Johann Sebastian Bach, Danton and Robespierre.

Great selections.

6. Comment on music or art history. Around the time period discussed in the lecture, there are probably six major composers: Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. These composers were based from the tradition of the times and most of them wrote for the orchestra. Bach began the legacy of great classical music with his brilliant, mathematical inventions, and other composers such as Haydn and Beethoven wrote sonatinas. Handel, Bach, and Mozart all had remarkable sacred works of music with Handel's Messiah living through all time as a triumphant testament to God's glory. Mozart and Beethoven composed operas, but greatest of all the famous symphonies of all of these great composers will live forever in our memory. From Beethoven's 5th to the Magic Flute this time period of music can only be looked at in awe in comparison to our music industry today.

Indeed. This is a terrific answer and I might include some of it in the World History Study Guide from 1648.

7. What is your view of Napoleon? In your answer, discuss some of his achievements. Napoleon was like many generals throughout history, from Alexander the Great to Adolf Hitler. He could invent daring plans to drive his men to the death and win great battles as shown in his military conquests in which he captured a large majority of Continental Europe, but unlike truly great leaders, Napoleon never gained the respect of his men. This is made evident when in Russia: when the men were cold, a truly great leader would have rallied his men to battle their cold and fight with him as Washington did so many times during our Revolution, but, because of Napoleon's lack of respect for his men, they had to retreat. In conclusion, Napoleon was a military genius, but a poor leader.

Wow, that's a different view of Napolean: "a poor leader"?! It does get very, very cold in Russia in the wintertime. Perhaps too cold for any leader to be able to motivate his men to continue. Soldiers, after all, are human beings susceptible to being deterred by hardship.

-Paul R.

Excellent work, one of the finest homework answers in the entire course by anyone. Grade: 50/50. Well done!--Andy Schlafly 15:33, 13 November 2011 (EST)