Unit 1 discussion 1. Introduce yourself briefly to the class AND Answer the following Question: 2. Which of the early river societies do you think was the most compelling or the most successful, and why, according to their own standards? According to ours? Unit 2 discussion Characterize the major differences between Sparta and Athens, including your view of the strengths and weaknesses of each. Which do you think reflected qualities necessary to the maintenance of present-day democracies, and why? Unit 3 discussion Please choose one of the following questions to discuss: Why do you think Alexander had so many achievements? Why do you think Alexander the Great continues to fascinate so many centuries after his death? Do you think Romanization was beneficial? Do you think some form of it still exists today? Why do you think so? Unit 4 discussion Please choose one of the following questions to discuss: What did the “five good emperors” accomplish? Were they truly good? Explain. Do you think the destruction of the empire brought the stability Octavius promised? Did he save Rome by destroying the Republic? Unit 5 discussion Why did monasteries become the most important center of European learning in the early Middle Ages? Do you think the learning systems we have in place today would have worked in the Middle Ages? Why, or why not? Unit 6 discussion Please choose one of the following questions to discuss: Discuss the rise of the Hundred Years' War. Select the one development related to the war that you think was most significant for the development of Europe in this time, and discuss why? Discuss the rise of universities during the Middle Ages. Why were they established, and how do they compare to modern colleges and universities? Unit 7 discussion Please choose one of the following questions to discuss: Why was Martin Luther so much more successful in discussing his criticisms of the church when John Hus was not? Why did so many disputes erupt within the Roman Catholic Church in the 1400s and 1500s? How could these problems have been solved? Unit 8 discussion How can the information and kinds of analysis of people, politics, culture, and sources the course offers be applied to your life and/or work to increase your future success?