HISTORY 141 Midterm Examination

B6120 M1A2 – Communication Efficacy
May 6, 2017
5 minute pitch
May 6, 2017


Midterm Examination

This exam is open-book, open note. You may use any sources you wish. However, you must document (with end notes or in-text references) all sources that you use.  Write in your own words, quote (from primary sources) sparingly.

The Exam is due in your assignment folder by midnight Sunday, April 9.

  1. Choose five of the following terms or individuals and in short essays (of 2 or 3 paragraphs roughly 300 – 400 words) explain their historical importance and significance. (10 points each). [note I am not asking for a canned biography, but an evaluation of their historical significance—in your own words]
  2. Code of Hammurabi
  3. the Punic Wars (between Rome and Carthage)
  4. Religious reforms of Akhenaton
  5. Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey
  6. Peloponnesian War 431-404 B.C.
  7. Pericles and the Periclean Age
  8. Alexander the Great and Hellenism
  9. Julius Caesar
  10. Justinian and the Corpus Juris Civilis
  11. The five “good emperors”
  12. k. Paul of Tarsus


  1. Major Essays. Choose two of the following questions and respond in essays of about 300-900 words (1-3 pages) each. [25 points each]
  2. The growing complexity of human societies from tribal hunter/gather bands to neolithic agricultural villages to urban civilizations brought changes in political systems, and in economic and social organization. What were some of the most important transformations? Trace these developments in Mesopotamia or Egypt.
  3. Compare and contrast the institutions of Periclean Athens with those of Sparta in the 400s BCE. What social and political forces help explain the distinctive institutions of Sparta?
  4. Analyze the reasons for the collapse of the Roman Republic in the 1st century B.C.E. What new institutions did Augustus create and how successful was he in restoring stability to the Roman World?
  5. Why were early Christians persecuted in the Roman Empire? How did Christianity spread through the Roman world to become the dominant religion in the late-Empire and after?



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