What was Europe like before the Enlightenment…


Test One

HIS 102 DL


Complete all parts of the test.

This test is open book for any of our course materials. You may use your textbook, your source reader, and our lectures. Do not use other outside sources. Be sure to cite and properly paraphrase or quote uses of all uses of primary sources and secondary sources, such as the textbook and lecture.   You may use either parenthetical citations or footnotes to give the author. Like this (author, page #) or this.[1] You do not need to include a cover page or a works cited page. Plagiarism, such as cut and paste from the textbook or an internet source will be penalized.

Submit your test to Safe Assign under Assignments by Monday February 16th 11:59PM.


Part One: Term Identification (40 points)

Pick four of the following terms.

Louis XIV (“ The Sun King”)

Isaac Newton

Scientific Revolution

Social Contract Theory

The Enlightenment


The 7 Years War

The Terror

The Haitian Revolution

For each term you have chosen, in a paragraph of at least 50 words, explain who or what the source was [2 points], roughly where and when it was [2 points], and why it was historically important [6 points].

Part Two: Historical Synthesis (30 points)

In a paragraph of at least 100 words, briefly explain: What was Europe like before the Enlightenment? [10 points] What were the major ideas of the Enlightenment? [10 points] How did the Revolutions and wars of the 18th and early 19th use these ideas? [10 points]

Part Three: Primary Source Analysis (30 points)

Pick one of the primary sources we read for weeks one through five. (They are located under Course Documents in each week’s folder.)

For the Primary Source you have chosen, in a paragraph of at least 100 words:

  1. Briefly summarize the source. [10 points]
  2. Pick two quotations from the source that you think best exemplify it. Explain why you chose them. [10 points]
  3. How could a historian use this source to understand and explain the time period we are studying? [10 points]

[1] Author, page #.