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02.10 Module Project: Assessment

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Josie Meads

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02.10 Module Project: Assessment

By Josie Meads
What time period does The American Cyclopaedia use to explain the “Dark Ages”?
The Dark Ages were known to be a time of nothingness, and intellectual depression. The American Cyclopaedia uses the whole time period in the middle ages and not just a small laps of time.
Does “intellectual depression” refer to the people of the “Dark Ages” or historical knowledge of the time?
Intellectual depression refers to the people of the "Dark Ages" because it was thought to be a time without education and innovation.
Does this definition resemble more the original meaning of the “Dark Ages” or the meaning it gained over time?
The definition of the "Dark Ages" resembles more of the meaning it gained over time.

Is the Dark Ages' an appropriate term to describe the middle ages.
Thank you!
Document B: Magna Carta
How did religion influence the Magna Carta?
Religion influence the Magna Carta because a lot of things that they asked from the people connected and related back to God.
How did the Magna Carta limit the power of King John?
The Magna Carta limited the power of King John by giving the towns people the opportunity to stand up and tell King John what they wanted and the laws that he himself would be forced to follow.
How did the Magna Carta lay the foundation for democracy?
The Magna Carta laid the foundation for democracy because people finally started to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. Having the Magna Carta saved the towns people from the King's power and gave the people power.
Document E: Major Trade Routes of Afroeurasia c.1300 CE, Map
How do you think the Crusades may have influenced the trade routes shown on this map? Explain.
I think the Crusades may have influenced the trade routes shown on this map by keeping the Christians and Buddhist from going through. This happened because Islams were against Christians, and a lot of big trade rounts went right through Islamic land.
Which cities shown on the map do you think were most affected by ideas from foreign lands? Which cities were least affected by ideas from foreign lands? Explain.
I think the cities that were not by any trade routs were most affected and the cities closest to the trade routs were least affected. I believe this to be true because if there are less trade routs then there will be less people passing through a little town, this means less cultures and less ideas of other beliefs, but if there were to be constant new people passing through on a trade rout then there would be continuous new ideas for different beliefs and religions.
How might trade have affected the culture of people living in the areas shown along the trade routes?
Trade might have affected the culture of people living in the areas along the trade routes by having more experience with different cultured people. The people living in these areas might be more open to different ideas of religion.

Document C: Joan of Arc
How does this painting show the influence of religion on politics?
This painting shows the influence of religion on politics by having angels. The angels are pointing in this painting which may be a sign of God.
Do you think the painter of this picture viewed Joan of Arc as a heroine? Explain.
I believe that the painter of this picture viewed Joan of Arc as a heroine. I believe this because the painter shows her with sword and armor, which makes her look strong and mighty.
How does this painting combine the style of the ancient Greek and Roman artists with that of the artists of the Middle Ages? Give examples.
This painting combines with the style of the ancient Greek and Roman artist with the artist of the Middle Ages by what Joan of Arc is wearing and the paintings on the flags in the background.

Document D: Kokin Wakashū anthology
Do you think the style of the book suggests anything about its value? Explain.
I believe the style of the book suggests that it is an important document, that is aged by the looks of the side of the pages and the quality of the paper and ink.
When was the edition in this image published? How does that relate to its original publication?
The edition in this image was published around the years of 897 and 930 CE.
What do the types of poems in this collection tell you about Japanese society at this time?
The types of poems in this collection tell you that the Japanese society today is very similar to the way they used to be.

Document A: A Dictionary Entry For "The Dark Ages"
Document F: Excerpt for Secondary Source
Based on this excerpt, do you think trade was instrumental in the spread of Buddhism to Japan? Explain.
I believe that the trade made Buddhism spread to Japan because ideas or different cultures. When one gets to know another and become trusting towards them they might be more open minded to their interests such as religion.
Summarize the trade relations described in this excerpt. Do you think the geographic locations of Japan, China, and Korea contributed to this trade? Explain.
Japan, China, and Korea traded items with each other that one of them needed. Location played a big role in this trade relationship, the countries were not too close to be pointless, but not too far away to make the trip dangerous or strenuous.
How do you think people in Japan, China, and Korea were affected by the trade described here? Explain.
I think people in Japan, China, and Korea were affected by the trade by getting the people there necessities. Specifically Japan may have gotten more of there needs met because so many countries were sending so many goods.
The word dark indicates something sad, lifeless, evil or scary. When historians titled the Middle Ages the Dark Ages this is exactly what people would think of it. Everyone that heard the term "Dark Ages" would think of this time period as an awful time. This is not true to any level, actually, the Middle Ages were totally opposite of sad and lifeless. The people of the Middle Ages were very happy and loved life with their full heart. The name "Dark Ages" does not imply that the people living during this time were so happy, therefore the name "Dark Ages" is not an appropriate term for this time period.

The Dark Ages were thought to be a time of intellectual depression. The historians thought that this was the case of intellectual depression just because the lack of knowledge and innovations are why nothing came out of the middle ages; or so they thought. The reality is that nothing came out of only the beginning of the middle ages. The trouble is that they grouped the whole time period together and averaged it to nothing. Even the Dark Ages meaning was misunderstood throughout time. Historians wanted people to know that dark meant that nothing was majorly accomplished throughout part of the time.

The people in the Dark Ages achieved more than anyone would know, because people just assume that the name is everything. When someone says Dark Ages people automatically think that it was sad. This name that the historians thought was a good name was actually ruining the history the people were making. An example of the people of the Middle Ages making history would be when King John was over using the power he had once had until the people decided that enough was enough and they stepped up for what they wanted. The people created what is called the Magna Carta. Without the invention of the Mana Carta and the people receiving their rights the United States would not be what it is today.

Although the middle ages were not dark as the historians had named it, it still had some rough times. The problems were relieved by it took time. The holy land had always been fought over but now it became more serious, The Christians wanted more of the Holy Land and they planned on getting what they wanted. This is what started the Crusades, these battles lasted over 200 years, and were led by many different people/leaders. The Crusades were not for nothing and they eventually helped the Christians get more land. Gaining land is not all the Crusades did, they also opened up trade routs and even helped the church become more powerful.

This information will prove to you that the name "Dark Ages" is an inappropriate name for the Middle Ages and is unfair to the people of this time period, for the history they are creating is being camouflaged by a title. The many great events that happened in the Middle Ages should be known and not covered up by a ridiculous title.
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