A History of the Renaissance

A History of the Renaissance – video focus questions

Classwork/Homework:  Watch the video in class, take notes, and answer these questions.  Due Mon. 4/6/09

Directions:  Answer all questions by re-stating the question in your answer.  All responses should be well thought out and well-written.

Example:     

  • Renaissance is an appropriate name for what occurred in Europe between 1300 and 1600 because……..

  1. What is the meaning of the word “Renaissance”?  Why is this an appropriate name for what occurred in Europe between the 1300s and 1600s?
  2. What did Henry VIII, Louis XI, and Ferdinand and Isabella manage to do during their reigns that caused their respective kingdoms to become wealthier and more powerful?
  3. What is humanism?
  4. Why was Francesco Petrarca so important to the Renaissance
  5. What was the connection between increased trade in the Mediterranean and artistic output during the Renaissance?
  6. What impact did the printing press have on the Renaissance?
  7. What were some of the methods that the monarchs of the Renaissance used to consolidate their power?
  8. What is an indulgence?
  9. Why did Martin Luther object to the sale of indulgences?
  10. What were some of the factors that contributed to the erosion of the Church’s authority during the Renaissance?
  11. What is the link between the Reformation and Protestantism?

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