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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

AP European History: Early Modern Europe, 1650—1800: Home

Your Assignment

Each group will be assigned one of the following chapters of our textbook,  A HISTORY OF WESTERN SOCIETY by John P. McKay.

  • Chapter 17: The Expansion of Europe, 1650-1800
  • Chapter 18: Life in the Era of Expansion, 1650-1800

Each group will:

  • Construct a detailed outline of the assigned chapter.
  • Create a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation of your work – NOT your group’s outline but a group presentation establishing the most significant element of your assigned chapter – consider how might your Power Point be used by your audience to better understand this “periodization” of European history?"
  • Design several sample Multiple-choice (at least 3) and/or Short Answer (at least 2) questions to help classmates "test" their understanding. (These questions may be used on our December exam.)
  • Answer questions raised by classmates.

Note: You should include quotations from Primary Sources in your presentations. Cite these sources using Chicago/Turabian style.


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