By:Deborah Hanson


Welcome to the Regents-Based Treasure Hunt on:

Change & Turning Points


INTRODUCTION:Throughout human history various events have changed the way people have lived.These events can be political revolutions, social and religious changes, new technologies, or the exploration of unknown places.Whatever the process, these historical events have changed the world.This treasure hunt focuses on the major periods of change and the turning points of human history.Look at the following historical events and answer the question(s) that follow. Click on the link to print an Answer Sheet to record your answers on.





QUESTION #1:One reason for the development of early civilizations in the river valleys was that periodic flooding deposited fresh silt onto the land providing rich soil that was ideal for farming.Humans started to settle and produce their own food, rather than following herds of animals.Name at least 5 additional ways their society changed.





QUESTION #2: As a result of the increased interaction between Europe and the Middle East, new systems of economy emerged.What were the effects as a result of the Commercial Revolution?




QUESTION #3: In the early 1500ís there was religious unrest in Europe due to the level of corruption within the Catholic Church.Two leaders, Martin Luther and John Calvin, both educated as priests for the Catholic Church, protested against perceived wrong doings by the Catholic Church.The popularity of their protests spread quickly and the Protestant Church emerged.What effect did Martin Lutherís religious reforms have on the social structures of Europe and, ultimately, on America?





QUESTION #4: The resurgence of trade following the Middle Ages in Europe resulted in a demand for goods from Asia.Trade routes were established across the Mediterranean and through the Middle East to handle this need.There came, however, a disruption along these routes which forced Europeans to seek alternative ways to Asia.What force caused this disruption that led to the exploration of water routes to Asia and eventually the discovery of the Americas?





QUESTION #5:One result of the Scientific Revolution was that science was approached in more logical way.Answers were found and proven through the use of research and reasoning.Traditional beliefs about certain aspects of the sciences were questioned and challenged.This change in thinking sparked another period of time when people began to question and challenge traditional sociological beliefs and the purpose of government.These new ideas about government led to many revolutions.What did many thinkers of this time period believe was necessary to produce rational thought?




QUESTION #6: The 18th Century was a time of great political turbulence.Many revolutions resulted because of the political unrest.Some existing governments were able to keep control by enacting reforms that were designed to address the problems and avoid a revolution.However, these reforms seldom outlived the monarchs that had enacted them.The American Revolution, however, produced reforms and a government that would outlast the lives of those who enacted them, and inspired other nations to revolt.What did the Americans do that made this possible?





QUESTION #7: The Industrial Revolution was a fundamental change in the way goods were produced.It was a major turning point in history.Many cultures were influenced by its effects, both positively and negatively.What changed as a result of the Industrial Revolution?What was its strongest motive?




QUESTION #8:The world experienced many changes after World War I.Countries were divided, many were devastated by extensive losses, and some were stimulated to greatness.The war resulted in many changes.What effects did the war have upon the major powers? How would future threats be handled?




QUESTION #9:After World War II, a rivalry between communism and capitalism emerged.New allies were formed to combat the threat of either side from expanding and ultimately dominating the world.Concerned with the threat of world domination, the United States and the Soviet Union competed on two technological forefronts for the future of their nations.What were these two forefronts called?How did the Cold War get its name?





QUESTION #10:The Cold War provided some stability and reforms suggesting Russia was no longer a military threat.However, it will be difficult to deter other powers from attacking United States interests when we continue to bolster our economical and political gains around the world.How will the United States protect and prevent regional powers from attacking U.S. interests? Do you agree or disagree with these strategies?Explain your answer.






Now that youíve searched through various sites that look at Change & Turning points in history, think about the future.Can you imagine how the world is changing as we speak?Consider taking a more active role in the world and stay tuned with world events.These changes will affect you today and the world of tomorrow.