8. WHEN IN DOUBT
AFTER THAT ... go with the "warm and fuzzy choice." This is a happy
and optimistic choice that sounds like this ... "These cultures
exchanged ideas, and had a flowering of creative thought. They gave us
mathematics and science." Rule of
thumb ... Mr. Regents wants you to understand that places you never
heard of have impacted your life positively!
9. Everything you
need to know about religions -- remember that my friends
were in the
= Reincarnation, India, Caste, Karma
= Buddhism, Enlightenment (or Eightfold Path), Noble Truths, Nirvana
Revolution ... one day a few nomads discovered that if they planted
seeds, it would become food. BINGO! Now they didn't have to travel from
place to place and could have
Traditional Economies of early
civilizations involved family agriculture and trade of simple
If you see:
it means forced labor in Native America. No one ever remembers that. If you do,
then you probably don't need this review sheet.
If you see:
Peter the Great ...
the answer is that he Westernized / Modernized Russia.
16. Anything about
the Enlightenment will usually lead you to the choice that says
"natural rights." Un-Locke those rights!
If you see:
The Byzantine Empire
... know that
= the roots of Western Civilization. The Byzantines preserved that.
Ethnic Cleansing, the
Holocaust, Khmer Rouge, Tiananmen Square, and
Apartheid are unfortunate events of world history. Essays of this
have come up. But for multiple choice purposes, the answer is usually,
"human rights violations." Scroll down on this sheet for a
20. If you see:
Mansa Musa ... the answer has something to do with him converting Mali
to Islam. Remember:
21. Questions 1-3 on the
Regents tend to have nothing to do with history ... usually it
involves a "physical map," or a map that has mountains and rivers
jutting out of it. Or, it is a question about economies/resources or
what an anthropologist does. Also know that
is when you farm just enough for your family (or your "sub-sister").
means to burn the forest and use the ashes for fertilizer.
If you see:
The Sahel ... it's related to
as the Sahara desert is expanding to this area. Just remember it's
as "hot as Sa-hel" there.
25. I know this may sound
weird, but I have never seen the same choice 4 times in a row. So if
you see 4 C's in a row, double check it. Three in a row comes up
often, but 4 -- not yet. But, they can change that, be on your toes.
The thematic is scary ...
but not scary if you study the right things. KNOW THE FOLLOWING SIX
THINGS, AND YOU HAVE A GREAT CHANCE OF KNOCKING THIS OUT OF THE PARK.
Historically, these topics account for
what has been found most often on thematics.
1. I would know 2
religions (belief systems) VERY WELL ... Islam,
Hinduism, Buddhism, etc ... (Religion
Flashcards ... Religion Review Song)
Religion could also be under a larger theme of cultures and their
contributions. So Greece, Rome, or Ancient China could work in that
2. I would know a couple
of the impacts of Geography on world history ... Ex. Mountains isolate
people as seen in Greece, or in the Andes.
Or ... Britain is an island
-- and couldn't be attacked my Napoleon or Hitler. Also, England's
natural harbors allowed the Industrial Revolution to start there.
Scroll down to get the low-down on geography!
3. I would know two
Revolutions REALLY WELL. Go French Revolution
Russian ... Peace, Land, and Bread! Studying both would cover you for
the Political Systems of Absolutism
(overthrow of) and Communism! Also, know a non-political one
such as the Industrial or Neolithic Revolution! By studying
Industrial, you are covered for the
Economic Systems of capitalism and socialism. A revolution is GREAT for the
Thematic, because it can be used for: Change, Conflict, War, or Turning
Points. The Regents has asked that type of question often in recent
Violations -- Study 2 of these very thoroughly: Holocaust, Khmer
Rouge, Tiananmen Square, Apartheid.
5. Know a few individuals REALLY well. Pick two
who are seen in a favorable light, and two who aren't. Scroll down on
this sheet for a list of the major people of the course. When in
doubt, Gandhi and Locke are easy to write about.
6. A pretty fun topic to write about is
technology. But remember: WRITE
ABOUT A TOPIC THAT YOU CAN DISCUSS IN DEPTH. The atomic bomb, Sputnik,
or gunpowder are topics that fit this theme. Other choices include the
astrolabe, aqueducts, and the printing press.
Low Percentage Thematics include:
Economic and Political Systems
(mentioned above), Movements of People and
Trade Organizations (Silk Roads, Gold-Salt trade, OPEC, NAFTA),
Collapse of Governments (Fall of
Rome & Soviet Union), Nationalism
(WWI and WWII), and Global problems such as pollution and
BUT IT REALLY COULD BE ANYTHING! See the entire
list of the thematic history by clicking the link above.
DBQ ... As for the
scaffolding questions ... if you see two lines ... write three! Don't
get skimpy on these easy questions! It's all about the Outside
Knowledge ... write whatever you know in the margins of those
Biggest tip I could
give you ... ON ALL ESSAYS -- IT'S
QUALITY AND QUANTITY ... IF YOU ARE SKIMPY ON HISTORY, WE WILL BE
SKIMPY ON YOUR ESSAY GRADE. ESSAYS ARE THE BULK OF THIS TEST!!!!!!!!
- Monarchy's abuses, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (Let Them Eat
- American Revolution
- Taxes on the 3rd Estate
(98% of the people)
= LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY -- as found in the Declaration of the
Rights of Man.
Chronology - 1789 - Storming of Bastille --> National
Assembly Takes Over --> c1794, King and Queen Executed --> Jacobins
Rule --> Reign of Terror --> 1796 Directory appoints Napoleon as
Commander in Chief --> 1799 - Coup d etat of Napoleon
John Locke wrote Two
Treatises on Government - life, liberty, property.
Voltaire = known for free
John Jacques Rousseau - do
not obey an unjust law, "man is born free and everywhere he is in
chains" Chains are unjust laws.
Baron de Montesquieu =
Spirit of the Laws = Separation of Powers with three equal branches of