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Directions: Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use evidence from at least four documents in your essay. Support your response with relevant facts, examples, and details. Include outside information.

Historical Context:

In the third century AD Rome faced many problems. In addition to internal decay, the invasion by the Germanic tribes seemed to sound the death knell for the Western Roman Empire. Historians have examined both the internal conditions that weakened the expansive empire and the external force of the barbarian invasions and have presented a variety of explanations for the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

Task: Using the information from the documents and your knowledge of Global history, write an essay in which you

Choose two causes of the fall of the Western Roman Empire (political, social, economic or military) for each * Explain what was going on in Rome that led to this cause * Discuss the effects the cause had on Rome|

Example: What caused the fall of the Roman Empire?
Cause: Social
Citizens were apathetic (did not care), serfs in debt bondage –farming in decline. Cities were in hopeless decline. (doc. 1) Effect: Lack of pride and effort led to a feeling of hopelessness in the empire. This led to a slow and steady decay.

Guidelines:
In your essay, be sure to
* Develop all aspects of the task
* Incorporate information from at least four documents
* Incorporate relevant outside information
* Support the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details * Use a logical and clear plan of organization, include an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme

Must answer each document before you write your essay:
Document 1
The basic trouble was that very few inhabitants of the empire believed that the old civilization was worth saving … the overwhelming majority of the population had been...
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