Your test for the 3rd segment of "The Emergence of Europe" will be an essay. You will write a minimum of three (3) paragraphs of information--including a brief introduction (5 points) leading to the opinion statement (thesis), factual paragraph (15 points) with supporting details, and a brief conclusion (5 points) reflecting personal evaluation/interpretation of the opinion statement. An additional component of the grade (5 points) covers grammatical/stylistic issues. Total point value for the essay: 30 points.
You will select one of two opinion statements that I give you. You may choose to emphasize fewer facts with greater detail; you may choose to emphasize a broader range of facts with less detail. Either way, you will need detail. Specifics matter.
Here, as a reminder, are the facts.
- The Crusades hastened the decline of the medieval church.
- The Crusades expanded the commercial activity of Europe.
- The Crusades weakened the feudal structure of Europe.
- The Crusades opened new horizons to the people.
What will you do with them?
Here are the "prompts" for the test......
The Crusades transformed Europe.
The Crusades accomplished nothing.