Review Questions: Renaissance


  1. To what extent and in what ways may the Renaissance be regarded as a turning point in Western intellectual and cultural tradition? (77)/To what extent is the term “Renaissance” a valid concept for a distinct period in early modern European history? (85)

















  1. Explain the ways in which Italian Renaissance humanism transformed ideas about the individual’s role in society. (94)


















  1. Analyze the influence of humanism on the visual arts in the Italian Renaissance.  Use at least THREE specific works to support your analysis.(04)/Discuss how  Renaissance ideas are expressed in the Italian art of the period,  referring to specific works and artists (98).


  1. Compare the ways in which the two works of art reproduced below express the artistic, philosophical, and cultural values of their times (81)





























  1. Compare and contrast the patronage of the arts by Italian Renaissance rulers with that by dictators of the 1930s. (96)







  1. Describe and analyze the differences in the ways in which artists and writers portrayed the individual during the Italian Renaissance and the Romantic Era of the late 18th and early 19th centuries (02)






  1. European monarchs of the late 15th and early 16th centuries are often referred to as the “New Monarchs.”  What was “new” about them?  Do their actions warrant this label?













  1. compare and contrast the view of Machiavelli and Rousseau on human nature and the relationship between the government and the governed (84)









  1. To what extent and in what ways did women participate in the Renaissance? (03)










  1. Explain how advances in learning and technology influenced 15th and 16th century exploration and trade. (03)/Explain how economic, technological, political and religious factors promoted European explorations from about 1450 to about 1525 (80).









  1. Why were Europeans able to achieve economic and political control over many non-European peoples between 1450 and 1750?

















  1. Compare and contrast the motives for European overseas expansion during the Age of Discovery (15th and 16th centuries) and during the Age of New Imperialism (19th and early 20th centuries)(82)









  1. Analyze the changes in the European economy from about 1450 to 1700 brought about by the voyages of exploration and colonization.  Give specific examples (92)/Focusing on the period before 1600, describe and analyze the cultural and economic interactions between European and the Western Hemisphere as a result of the Spanish and Portuguese settlement. (97)