DBQ History Database

Topics: Witchcraft Pages: 108 (22803 words) Published: May 30, 2014
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1978 Education of women, 15th to 18th centuries

1979 Reign of Terror, French Revolution

1980 Witchcraft Scare

1981 Class Attitudes toward Industrialization

1982 Child-rearing in GB 16th to 18th c.

1983 Flemings and Walloons

1984 German Aircraft Industry

1985 Juvenile Crime and Treatment in GB

1986 Sudan Crisis (1884-1885)

1987 Literacy in Old Regime France

1988 Gin Act in G.B.; 18th c. social history

1989 Women’s Status/Suffrage in late 19th/early 20th c.

1990 Spanish Civil War

1991 Anti-slavery during the Enlightenment and French Revolution

1992 Pan-Slavism

1993 Renaissance Education

1994-1997 (not included in file b/c available for sale with answer keys and student essays from the college board)

1998 German Unity before 1848

1999-2003 (not included in file b/c available at the college board website for download) 1978 DBQ

Directions: The following question is based on the accompanying Document Groups A-C

This question is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents. You may refer to historical facts and developments not mentioned in the documents and assess the reliability of the documents as historical sources where relevant to your answer.

The Question: Discuss the extent to which early modern European Society encouraged education for women. What criteria were used to evaluate women’s education or its role, and women’s potential for learning? What evolution, if any, can be seen in attitudes toward education for women from the Renaissance through the early eighteenth century?


(1)“The Court Lady, must have not only the good judgment to recognize the kind of person with whom she is speaking, but must have knowledge of many things, in order to entertain that person graciously. . I say that women can under­stand all the things men can understand and that the intellect of woman can penetrate wherever a man’s can… there have always been women who have undertaken wars and won glorious victories, governed kingdoms with the greatest prudence and justice, and done all that men have done. As for the sciences, do you not remember reading of many women who were learned in philosophy? Others who excelled in poetry? Others who prosecuted, accused, and defended before judges with great eloquence?.....’

Castiglione, The Courtier, Italy, 1528


Abbot: Distaff and spindle are the proper equip­ment for women. Lady. Isn’t it a wife’s business to manage the household and rear the children? Abbott: It is.
Lady: Do you think she can manage so big a job without wisdom? Abbot: I suppose not.
Lady: But books s teach me this wisdom.
Abbot:I could put up with books, but not Latin ones.
Lady:Why not?
Abbot. Because that language isn’t fit for women.
Lady:I want to know why.
Abbot: Because it does little to protect their chastity.

Erasmus, “The Abbot and the Learned Lady”, Switzerland, 1524


“Study busies the whole soul…. It is not only a weapon against idleness but also a means of impressing the best precepts upon a girl’s mind and of leading her to virtue.

Erasmus, Christiani monii
Institution, Switzerland, 1526


All I can do is to beg our virtuous ladies to raise their minds somewhat above their distaffs and spindles and try to prove to the world that if we were not made to command, still we should not be disdained as companions in domes­tic and public matters by those who govern and command obedience. Apart from the good name that our sex will acquire thereby , we shall have caused men to devote more time and effort in the public good to virtuous studies for fear of seeing themselves left behind by those over whom they have always claimed superiority in practically everything ….. If there is ,anything to be recommended after honor and...
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