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I will be consistently monitoring this page. Check back often. If you need to contact me, click on "manage wiki" from the menu on the left side of this page and then click on my username, "ibleedgreen_gold" (yes, I am the creator) and then choose to send me a message. You can only do this after you have joined wikispaces, and only when signed into wikispaces. Alternatively, you can reach me at: sue.gregory@sausd.us with any questions you might have.

You might want to start off your true college prep experience by exploring the rest of the wikispace. You might even find some interesting stuff! You do not have to be a member of wikispaces or this wiki to do so. However, you will need to be a member to participate in the online discussion portion of the summer work.

Here are directions on how to join our wikispace, so that you can participate in the online assignment options: Joining the SHS AP European History Wikispace . Pay careful attention to the directions re: username. If you send me a request to join our site and you have not followed these directions, I will have to initially reject your request. You can then send another when you have remedied the username problem. Here's the bottom line: your username needs to be
  • Lastname_FIRSTINITIAL. For example: Gregory_S (if it were me joining our site).
  • If the system says that name is taken, add a one digit number at the end - that should work.
  • This is your first test!

What am I supposed to get out of the summer assignment?

The expectations for reading in AP European History are very high. First, we expect you to actually complete the reading assignments. Crazy, I know! Most importantly, I expect you to understand the major concepts from the readings. Dates and dead guys may come in handy as details in an essay, but without an understanding of the big ideas, your ability to create an argument will fall flat. By meeting these two expectations your understanding of what is going on in class and your ability to participate in class discussions and activities will be dramatically improved. My hope is that you will come to class in August with a better understanding of the broad sweep of European intellectual history, as well as a brief introduction to working online and reading techniques that you might find useful.

APEH Summer Assignment #1: Sophie's World

Advice about reading this book: This book can be dense, that is, it can be hard to understand too much of it at one sitting. Give yourself a good three to four weeks to read it.

Assignment rationale: No book is ever written in a void. All authors belong to their historical time, and the beliefs and philosophies of their times often have an influence on their books. In order for us to have a more fully developed worldview, we read this novel, in which Jostein Gaarder hopes to teach us something about basic Western philosophy. If we have a basic grasp of philosophers’ questions, we will also have an understanding of historians’ questions. By improving your view of the history of thought, you will improve your overall view of history by default. Also it is always a good idea to improve our view of history in order that you have a more global, less solipsistic view of your own existence.[wondering, are you? ... well look it up - I use dictionary.com myself]

Book info: go HERE for the basics. You should be able to find this book in any local bookstore, although with several of you looking for it you might have to ask a clerk to order it for you. Also, it is available online or of course at the library. Or perhaps from a former student.

  1. Choose two philosophies you disagree with and explain your reasoning in three to four paragraphs. Please choose one philosophy in the first half of the novel and one from the second half of the novel.
  2. Choose two philosophies you agree with and explain your reasoning in three to four paragraphs. Please choose one philosophy in the first half of the novel and one from the second half of the novel.
  3. Give ten general facts you learned reading the novel. Did any surprise you? Explain in 3-4 paragraphs.
  4. Which philosopher do you want to learn more about in the first 200 pages? Why? Explain in 2-3 paragraphs. Which philosopher do you want to learn more about in the last half of the novel? Why? Explain in 2-3 paragraphs.
  5. Write a 3-4 paragraph reaction to your experience with this novel. What did you like, not like, feel frustrated with, in awe of, etc.? Make references to specific sections of the book or specific passages.
  6. You will also be required to answer, online, at least THREE of the discussion questions that I will be posting HERE at the wiki. Click the link; directions will be on that page.

Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if it is not caused by lack of intelligence, but by lack of determination and courage to use one’s own intelligence without being guided by another. Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence! Is therefore the motto of the Enlightenment (and this class!).

APEH Summer Assignment #2: Western Heritage

Part A. Read the prologue, “The West Before 1300”(xxxii - lxxvii). Answer the following questions as you read. These questions need to be answered using complete sentences. Make sure you answer the entire question in detail.
1. What is culture?
2. What was the first human civilization and what were its characteristics?
3. What were the unique characteristics of Egyptian society?
4. Describe the history of the Israelites.
5. What made the Hebrews different from any other group at the time?
6. What was the Greek Classical Age?
7. According to the passage from The Iliad, What were the feelings of husbands and wives toward each other in ancient Greece?
8. Describe the Polis.
9. Describe the Peloponnesian War.
10. Who was Socrates? What is his major contribution to history?
11. Who was Plato? What is his major contribution to history?
12. According to the passage from Plato’s Republic, why does Plato say men and women should be treated the same?
13. Who was Aristotle? What is his major contribution to history?
14. Describe the development of Direct Democracy in Athens.
15. Who was Alexander the Great?
16. Describe the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.
17. What is a Republic?
18. How did the Roman Republic turn into a dictatorship? What allowed this to happen?
19. What contributions did Christianity bring to democracy?
20. Who was Constantine?
21. Describe the characteristics of the Middle Ages.
22. Describe the religion of Islam. What are the 5 pillars of Islam?
23. What led to the dominance of the Christian Church?
24. Who was Charlemagne?
25. What is feudalism? How did it operate (components, procedures, etc.)
26. According to the passage “The Carolingian Manor”, what gave the lord the right to do anything he wanted?
27. Describe how towns came into existence?
28. Who were the bourgeois? What group would this word later come to describe?
29. What was the purpose of the crusades? What was their outcome? What kind of long term affects did they have?
30. Trace the development of national monarchies in England and France in the High Middle Ages. How did the experiences of those two countries differ from that of the Holy Roman Empire in the same period?
31. What is the Magna Carta? What rights does the Magna Carta give to the people?
32. Where was the Holy Roman Empire located? (What nations today were once territory belonging to the HRE?)
33. Describe the rise of universities and scholasticism.

Part B. Read chapter 9, “The Late Middle Ages”, pg 291-315. Follow the same directions as above.

1. What were the causes and consequences of the Hundred Years War?
2. How long did the war actually last?
3. What was the Estates General? Why was it called in France?
4. What role did Joan of Arc play in the 100 Years War?
5. What was the Black Death?
6. What caused the Black Death and how was it spread?
7. What kind of medicines and remedies did they use to combat the Black Death?
8. According to Boccaccio’s Decameron, what did people do to escape the BD?
9. In the 13th century, how did the papacy consolidate its power?
10. What kind of authority did the popes have?
11. Describe the events that led to the Avignon Papacy.
12. Who was John Wycliffe?
13. Who was John Huss?
14. What was the Great Schism?
15. What was the conciliar theory?
16. Describe the three councils of Pisa, Constance, and Basel.
17. What was life like in Medieval Russia?
18. Who were the Mongols?
19. How did Medieval art reflect what was going on in society at the time?



I have only had two students join the wikispace. I am not sure what the rest of you are waiting for.....


First item: No one has contacted me with any questions, so I will assume everyone understands the assignments and will have no problem meeting the deadline! Alternatively, you can reach me at: sue.gregory@sausd.us or send me: ibleedgreen_gold, a message through this website.

Second item: please check this link for the online discussion questions you need to answer.

Third item: No one has followed the directions and joined the class wiki. That will be necessary for you to complete the online part of the summer work.

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