World History Final Exam - First Semester

This page is designed to be a quick resource for the First Semester Final Exam.

This should be considered a supplement to your own review, not a replacement for it.

Click Here to view/print a blank map identical to the one on the test. - Updated 12/15/99


Ancient Egypt (12?s) Go to Ancient Egypt

       Best understood in terms of its GEOGRAPHY (both provides...and protects...)

        Know the Nile, it's characteristics, it's relationship to religion - specifically the basic myth of Egyptian culture

        Know a characteristic of each kingdom, the social structure of Egypt and role of gods in Egyptian culture

        Pyramids, Predictability, Mummification and Ma'at


Fertile Crescent (12?s) Go to Fertile Crescent

        Where is it? the cultures that lived within it - Assyrians, Lydians, Hebrews, Persians, Babylonians, Phoenicians, Sumerians, Hittites   -  what one characteristic separated one from the other?  What made each unique?

        Know "the code" and be able to interpret it


Ancient Greece (32?s) Go to Ancient Greece

      Best understood in terms of its ARCHITECTURE   -  reflected, through columns (3 kinds) an admiration for human form, spirit and mind -  as did their gov't, as did their art, as did their religion, as did their philosophers (but they killed one of them for it anyway)

        Know the characteritics of the Golden Age, the blind poet, the master historian and Socrates' friends

        Athens (vs. Sparta), Alexander and architecture

        Plato, Pythagoras and Pericles


Ancient Rome (20?s) Go to Ancient Rome

      Best understood through its GOVERNMENT - the captone of the arch, and with thier legions (Caesar) conquered the land (and the Mediterranean) and acquired the gold, grain and slaves.

        Punic Wars, Pax Romana and Patricians

        Tribunes, tables of law and Triumvirates - the first one.

        The spread of Christian influence  -   who protected it, what helped it and who resisted it


India and China (8?s) Go to India and China

      Best understood in terms of its SOCIAL STRUCTURE  -  which defined Indian and Chinese life; held together, or should we say caste in stone, by Religion (2 of 'em)

        Sanskrit, suffering and Silk Road


The Middle Ages (28?s) Go to The Middle Ages

      Best understood in terms of its RELIGION   -  that thread of life that crowned Kings, led Crusades and built Cathedrals

        Feudalism, flying buttresses, Frankish kings (3 of them) and the First Crusade (add the Fourth while your at it)

        Remember Islam - 5 pillars and holy cities

        Scholasticism, Schism and Skills (growth of, after the Black Death)


Renaissance and Reformation (23?s) Go to Renaissance and Reformation

      Best understood in terms of its ART   -  which expressed, through Faith, an ability to Reason

        Durer and da Vinci

        Machiavelli, (de) Medici and Martin (Luther)

        Humanism and its roots in Italy, particularly Florence, Rome and Venice

        Northern vs. Southern Renaissance

        Protest-ant (indulgences and corruption) and Reform-ation (95 of 'em - faith alone and the Bible)  -  know both parts

        The Spread of Protestantism