Answers to the essay questions are to be written in the separate essay booklet. In developing your answer to Part II, be sure to keep these general definitions in mind: (a) explain means “to make plain or understandable; to give reasons for or causes of; to show the logical development or relationships of ”
(b) discuss means “to make observations about something using facts, reasoning, and argument; to present in some detail”
THEMATIC ESSAY QUESTION
Directions: Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs addressing the task below, and a conclusion.
Geographic factors have affected the development of nations and regions. These factors have also promoted or hindered cultural diffusion.
Select two different geographic factors and for each
• Explain how the geographic factor affected the development of a specific nation/region
• Discuss how that geographic factor promoted or hindered cultural diffusion You may use any geographic factor from your study of global history. Some suggestions you might wish to consider include deserts, rivers, mountains, plains, islands, irregular coastlines, straits, climate, and location.
You are not limited to these suggestions.
Do not write about geographic factors in the United States in your response. Guidelines:
In your essay, be sure to
• Develop all aspects of the task
• Support the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details • Use a logical and clear plan of organization, including an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme
Global Hist. & Geo.–Jan. ’09
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