AP World History II

AP  World  History  II     Summer  Assignment  2014   Ms.  Ferrara     Summer  Assignment:  Due  Monday  September  14,  2015     Advanced  Placement  World  History  II  is  a  thematic,  college  level  course  designed  to   familiarize  students  with  the  broad  patterns  of  the  human  experience.    Students  will   concentrate  on  change  and  continuity  over  time,  the  unique  aspects  of  social   institutions  and  the  common  characteristics  that  tie  them  together,  and  the   dynamics  of  how  cultural  interactions  have  shaped  history  since  recorded  history.     Students  are  charged  with  the  role  of  historian  and  will  engage  in  a  host  of  activities   that  encourage  critical  thinking  and  hone  their  ability  to  debate  established   historical  interpretations  and  express  their  educated  views  using  primary  source   documents.    Throughout  the  academic  year,  students  will  actively  compare  cultures   and  look  for  historical  patterns  that  stretch  across  units  and  tie  all  human   populations  together  throughout  history.     The  primary  purpose  of  this  summer  assignment  is  to  help  you  acquire  the  base   knowledge  necessary  for  instant  immersion  in  AP  World  History  once  the  2015-­‐ 2016  academic  year  begins.     Your  summer  assignment  provides  you  with  choices.    In  order  to  fully  immerse  you   into  historical  thinking  and  prepare  you  to  be  awesome,  complete  one  of  the   following.    For  each  option,  you  will  be  required  to  read  a  text  and  answer  questions   that  follow:     Option  1  –  “This  Fleeting  World,”  David  Christian  ISBN-­‐13  978-­‐1-­‐933-­‐782-­‐04-­‐1     Provide  short  answers  to  the  “Big  Picture  History”  Questions.   Your  answers  must  satisfy  the  following  requirements:   1. Each  answer  should  be  about  1  to  2  paragraphs  long.   2. Start  each  answer  with  a  sentence  or  two  that  express  your  main  idea(s).     Think  in  terms  of  patterns  or  themes.   3. The  idea(s)  must  be  clear,  logical,  and  argumentative  (can  be  supported   by  evidence  from  the  book).   4. Provide  specific  evidence  (examples)  from  the  book  that  will  support   ideas  expressed  at  the  beginning  of  your  short  answer.    Whether  it  is  a   direct  quote  or  a  reference,  indicate  the  page  in  parenthesis.    You  must   have  at  least  one  example  from  each  ERA  identified  in  the  book.   5. Your  answers  should  be  done  in  complete  sentences.    Your  work  must  be   typed.    Proofread  -­‐-­‐  grammar  and  spelling  count.          
AP     World     History     II           Summer     Assignment     2014      Ms.     Ferrara            Summer     Assign...
  “Big  Picture  History”  Questions  –  Answer  5  of  9     1. How  did  development  of  and  interaction  between  various  species  impact:   trade,  exchange  of  ideas  and  distribution  of  resources  throughout  the  history   of  humanity?   2. What  trends/characteristics  of  humanity  changed  over  time  and  which  ones   remained  the  same?  (Think  of  human  ability  to  communicate,  organize,   create,  destroy,  etc.)   3. What  factors  influenced  the  development  and  spread  of  technologies  through   time?   4. What  factors  influenced  changes  in  demography  (population   growth/decline)  through  time?   5. Analyze  human  impact  on  environment  through  time.  Provide  specific   examples.   6. Analyze  changes  and  continuities  (i.e.  consistencies)  in  the  way  human   societies  are  structured  (think  social  classes).   7. What  elements  of  human  culture  caused  the  most  profound  changes  within   and  between  societies  throughout  history?    (There  are  many  complex   definitions  of  “culture”  and  “human  culture”  that  you  might  want  to  explore   before  answering  this  question).   8. Provide  at  least  three  ideas/theories  that  caused  the  most  influential  changes   in  the  world.  (For  this  question,  you  can  provide  at  least  one  important  idea   per  era).   9. How  did  political  organization  and  functions  of  states  change  over  time?   (Think  of  systems  of  government,  expectations  of  ruled  and  rulers,   responsibilities  and  loyalty  of  citizens,  etc.)       Option  2  –  “A  History  of  the  World  in  Six  Glasses,”  Tom  Standage  –  ISBN-­‐13   978-­‐0-­‐80271552-­‐4     Provide  Short  Answers  to  the  “6  Glasses  Questions”.   Your  answers  must  satisfy  the  following  requirements:   1. Each  answer  should  be  about  1  to  2  paragraphs  long.   2. Start  each  answer  with  a  sentence  or  two  that  express  your  main  idea(s).     Think  in  terms  of  patterns  or  themes.   3. The  idea(s)  must  be  clear,  logical,  and  argumentative  (can  be  supported   by  evidence  from  the  book.   4. Provide  specific  evidence  (examples)  from  the  book  that  will  support   ideas  expressed  at  the  beginning  of  your  short  answer.    Whether  it  is  a   direct  quote  from  the  book,  or  a  reference  (paraphrase),  indicate  the  page   in  parenthesis.   5. Your  work  should  be  done  in  complete  sentences.    Your  work  must  be   typed.    Proofread  –  grammar  and  spelling  count.    
         Big     Picture     History        Questions             Answer     5     of     9            1. How     did     ...
      6  Glasses  Questions:  Answer  5  of  10     1. How  might  beer  have  influenced  the  transition  from  hunting  and  gathering  to   agricultural  based  societies?   2. What  opportunities  associated  with  wine  drinking  did  men  have  in  ancient   Greece  that  women  did  not?   3. Why  was  wine  adopted  as  a  ritual  drink  in  Christianity,  but  Islam  prohibited   the  use  of  alcohol?   4. Read  the  following  quote  from  the  book.      “Distilled  drinks,  alongside   firearms  and  infectious  diseases,  helped  to  reshape  the  modern  world  by   helping  the  inhabitants  of  the  Old  World  to  establish  themselves  as  rulers  of   the  New  World.”  (129)  Do  you  agree  or  not  agree?  Why  or  why  not?  Support   your  argument  with  specific  examples.   5. Describe  coffee’s  effect  on  the  balance  of  power  between  various  regions  of   the  world.   6. Why  was  tea  so  important  to  China’s  economy  and  its  relationship  with  other   countries?   7. How  did  tea  change  history  in  India?   8. How  did  Coca-­‐Cola  become  the  world’s  most  recognized  product?    How  does   Coca-­‐Cola  affect,  and  how  is  it  affected  by,  people’s  views  of  the  United   States?   9. Of  the  six  the  author  discusses,  which  beverage  do  you  think  has  played  the   most  significant  role  in  history?    What  beverages  have  been  left  out  of  this   book  that  might  have  had  an  impact  on  society?   10. What  do  you  think  is  the  beverage  for  the  next  era  in  history?    (Do  you  agree   with  the  author’s  choice  in  the  epilogue?)  Defend  your  choice.           I  look  forward  to  a  great  year!  If  you  have  any  questions,  you  can  email  me  at   aferrara@stanthonyshs.org.       This  assignment  is  due  the  first  day  of  full  classes:  Monday  September  14,   2015.  
                  6     Glasses     Questions      Answer     5     of     10            1. How     might     beer     hav...