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					            SAMPLE CCOT ESSAY QUESTIONS
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           ITALICS = QUESTION TOPIC PREVIOUSLY ASKED ON EXAM IN SOME FORM

   The questions below are not written in actual test format, but rather are meant as a starting point in formulating a
question. Most have time frames that are way too broad for a CCOT question, and most need less choice being offered
among the regions.

Most questions will probably cover one era and cover one or more of these themes:

1. Impact of interaction among major societies (trade, systems of international exchange, war, and diplomacy).
2. Impact of technology and demography on people and the environment (population growth and decline, disease,
manufacturing, migrations, agriculture, weaponry).
3. Systems of social structure and gender structure (comparing major features within and among societies and
assessing change).
4. Cultural and intellectual developments and interactions among and within societies.
5. Changes in functions and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political identities (political
culture), including the emergence of the nation-state (types of political organization).


FOUNDATIONS C. 8000 BCE TO 600 CE
• Analyze the changes and continuities in major trading patterns within and among Classical civilizations; include
their contacts, including religious, with adjacent regions.
• Discuss the changes and continuities in the Silk Road trading network from 600 BCE - 1450
• Discuss the changes and continuities that occurred in the roles and functions of cities in major societies from the
Neolithic Revolution to 1450.
• Trace and analyze the changes and continuities in global demographics from 8000 BCE through 1900 CE. Be sure
to address what global processes affected it throughout that time?
• Trace and analyze the changes and continuities in the environments of two of the regions of the world from 8000
BCE to present.
  Europe Sub-Saharan Africa the Middle East             East Asia
  SE Asia       South Asia      Latin America North America
• Analyze the changes and continuities in China from the Zhou to the Song. Be sure to address political, social and
economic factors as well as outside influences.
• Trace and analyze the evolution of slavery and serfdom from prehistoric times to the end of the 19th century in
TWO of the following regions.
East Asia     Mediterranean        Eastern Europe Sub-Saharan Africa
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the nature of slavery from 8000 BCE to 1750 CE.
• Discuss the continuities and changes in migrations to and within afro-Eurasia from 100 CE to 1450 CE.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the movements of peoples (Huns, Germans)
• Discuss the changes and continuities in the Fur Trade from the 400s through the 1800s.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in women's experience from the Neolithic down to 1450 CE.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the development of belief systems from 8000 BCE to 600 CE in one of the
following regions.
  East Asia      South Asia Mediterranean
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the role of Afghanistan as a “Crossroad” of history from the 4th C BCE to
the 21st C.
• Analyze the change and continuities in the development of government from 8000 BCE to 600 CE. Be sure to
identify the different forms and characteristics that developed.
  East Asia      South Asia Mediterranean
• Analyze the evolution of religious practice in one of the following belief systems.
   Brahmanism/Hinduism Buddhism Christianity
600 CE – 1450
• Describe the evolution of various political units in Western Europe from 1000 to 1750.
• Describe the changes and continuities in the evolution and spread of scientific and technological knowledge from
1000 to 1450 in the following two regions: Islamic Eurasia, and Central and East Asia.
• Explain how ideas about government (the state, political structure) evolved from 1400 to 1900. What changed?
What did not?
• Discuss the changes in modes of transportation from around 700 CE to the present. Explain how the changes have
impacted people, societies, and cultures.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in two of the following examples of interregional trade, technology,
cultural exchange
Trans-Saharan Network          Indian Ocean Network       Silk routes
• Discuss the changes and continuities in the Mongol Empire from its beginning under Genghis Khan to its demise.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the missionary outreach of major religions
• Discuss the changes and continuities in the Indian Ocean trading network from 600-1914.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the contacts between major religions, e.g. Islam & Buddhism, Christianity
& Islam
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the rise and role of Dar al-Islam as a unifying cultural force in Eurasia
and Africa from 600 to 1750
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the impact of Islam on the arts, sciences and technologies from 600 to
1914.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the major disease flows across the world from the 13th C to the present.
Be sure to address cause and consequences.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the caliphate from the early years after Muhammad until the Seljuk
takeover.
• Discuss the changes and continuities in the labor systems used in Latin America and North America from 1000
to present.
• Describe the political evolution of various societies in ONE the regions listed below from 1000 to
1750.
East Asia Western Europe Eastern Europe Southwest Asia
• Trace the demographic and environmental changes in TWO regions of the world from 1000 CE to 2000 CE.
East Asia Western Europe South America           North America South Asia
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the interactions of Islam with Christianity over time.
• Analyze the transformations and continuities in the status of women from 600 to 1750 in the
following regions.
Americas Sub-Saharan Africa               Southeast Asia       Southwest Asia
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the two of the following gunpowder empires from their
coming to power to their ultimate decline. Be sure to examine their governments, economies and
cultures.      Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals
• Analyze the changes and continuities in Islamic influence in Africa, S.E Asia and S. Asia from 1000 to 1450 CE
• Analyze the changes that occur in W. Europe from 1000 to 1450 CE from two of the following areas: political,
economic, cultural, social, etc.




1450–1750
• Discuss the changes and continuities in the Atlantic Ocean trading network from 1450 to present
• What changes and continuities did Ottoman society exhibit in the period from 1500 to 1914?
• Discuss the changes and continuities in labor systems, both free and unfree, from 1400 to 1914 in TWO of the
following regions.
Eastern Europe     Americas      Sub-Saharan Africa       southwest Asia
• Discuss the changes and continuities in Western Europe's outside contacts with ONE of the following areas
between 1450-1914. (South Asia, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa)
• Analyze the changes in the forced labor systems in the Americas from 1450 to 1914 CE.
• Trace the development of relations between Amerindians and Europeans in North and South America from the
Colombian encounters through the 19th century.
• Analyze the economic and social changes in two of the following regions from 1450 to 1750.
Western Europe East Asia Americas South Asia SubSaharan Africa
• Discuss the changes and continuities between the first age of overseas expansion in the 16th
century and the second age of overseas expansion in the 19th century. Discuss the impact on ONE of
the following areas: Africa South Asia the Americas East Asia
• Pick ONE of the following regions and discuss the change and continuities in European settlement from 1450 to
1750.
     Latin America Australia North America
• Trace the development of global transportation and communication from 1450-1850.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in demographic changes in the Americas in the period from
1450 to 1914.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in what came to be known as Latin America from approximately 1400 CE to
1800 CE. Be sure to evaluate the causes of the changes and the reasons for the continuities. Your analysis must
address at least TWO of the following aspects of pre- and post- Colombian Latin America:
Political
Economic
Social



1750–1914
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the process of industrialization and the economic, social and intellectual
impact in Western Europe and one of the following regions.
East Asia South Asia Sub-Saharan Africa Latin American
• Discuss the changes and continuities in the impact that technological changes have had on family structure in one
of the following nations since 1750.
     China     Japan      India     Great Britain
• Assess the changes and continuities in technological development and its impact on war between 1750-1945.
• From 1750 to the present, considerable effort was expended by nations in their search for a new identity. Select
two of the nations below and evaluate the success in the forging of a new political, economic and social identity.
CHINA INDIA           RUSSIA      JAPAN       SOUTH AFRICA
• Pick one of the following regions and discuss the changes and continuities in the production and distribution of
goods and the patterns of global trade over the time period 1750-1914.
  Africa East Asia Latin America South Asia Western Europe
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the role and status of women in two of the regions listed
below from 1750 CE to through the present.
   East Asia Southeast Asia Latin America Western Europe
• Analyze the evolution of nationalism since 1750 in ONE of the regions listed below.
   Eastern Europe Sub-Saharan Africa               South America          East Asia
• Discuss the changes and continuities in India and Africa's relationship with the West from 1750 to
the present.
• Trace and evaluate the changes and continuities in the evolution of racism from 1750 to the present in two of the
regions listed below. Include the relationship among imperialism, nationalism, and racism in showing the
continuities and changes over time.
     Europe      North America       South Africa     Latin America
• Analyze the political, economic, and social continuities and changes in Latin America from approximately 1700 CE
to the early 20th century. Your analysis should include an evaluation of the causes of changes and the reasons for
continuities.

1914–PRESENT
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the patterns of nationalism from1914 to the present in TWO of the
following regions.
Eastern Europe Sub-Saharan Africa         Southeast Asia Middle East
• Analyze the changes and continuities in science and technology from 1914 to the present. Include reactions to
developments, like religious responses.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the forces of revolution and other sources of political
innovations from 1914 to the present in TWO of the following regions.
East Asia      Southeast Asia Eastern Europe Latin America
• Discuss the changes and continuities in the Pacific Rim economy from 1914 to the present.
• Analyze the demographic and environmental changes from 1914 to the present.
• Analyze the development in global / international organizations from 1914 to the present.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the practice of genocide from 1914 to the present. Be sure to include at
least two examples outside of Europe.
• Trace the changes and continuities in the development of the global economy from 1914 to the present.
• Analyze the development of a global culture from 1914 to the present. Include regional differences and elite as well
as popular forms of culture.
• Analyze the changes and continuities in the social development from1914 to the present in TWO of the following
regions.
Eastern Europe North America South Asia Southeast Asia East Asia

				
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