This should be a 6-8 page essay that demands solid writing based on good historical research (3-5 sources would be best if you go beyond the class notes and the book). All citations must be done in the Chicago Style Guide, the citation type for History as a discipline (review in Historical Methods Module). You SHOULD include a list of any sources on a separate page (that page is NOT part of the 4-6 pages). You may, however, answer this essay FULLY from our class notes, in which case you do not need a Bibliography. A cover page is NOT required. This assessment MUST be typed (11 or 12 point font; Times or Calibri is best), 1.5 spacing and possess good grammar, spelling, and a clear, organized thought-process.
You can best address this essay in four parts:
First, the essay should continue with an analysis of what the central essence of the Renaissance was, what it is, why it starts…connecting its start to the darkness of the 1300s would be useful to your analysis (about 2 pages)
Secondly, you should demonstrate how the Renaissance revolutionized Europe as we have uncovered it during this unit. This is more of an overview, but can/should at least reference the changes as evidenced by the various topics we have covered in this unit (nationalism, government, language, religion, technology, science, culture, or exploration; other areas could be included here). (1-2 pages)
Thirdly focus in-depth on the revolution in Religion (Reformation). Explain the connection to the Renaissance, and also include your understanding of how the Reformation is both religious AND political. (2-3 pages)
Finally, you must link the Renaissance back to those foundations of Western Civilization we have discussed all term. Explain where you see the foundations expressed, restored, and perhaps debated during this time. Conclude this final section with how you think this restoration of the foundation during the Renaissance will change and impact the future of Europe as time moves into the 16-1700s. (1-2 pages)