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World History Writing Prompts

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These World History writing prompts cover 8 different units/topics/time periods in World History (and European History), spanning Early British History to the Cold War. There are 32 writing prompts in the document (a mix of academic, what if, and opinion questions). They are set up in a way so you can have the students choose to write on 1, 2, 3, or all the prompts items. Point values and due dates are blank for your convenience. This would be great for a sub!

The topics cover:
--Early British History/The English Civil War
--The Tudors
--The Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution
--American Revolutionary War
--French Revolution
--Cold War

Sample prompts include:
--When Charles I was executed, his blood was collected as a souvenir, both by people who saw him as a hero and those who saw him as a villain. If you were present at his execution, would you have collected his blood ? For what reason(s) would you have collected his blood?

--Do you think Queen Elizabeth I would be remembered similarly today had she married? Why or why not?

--Why was Mary Wollstonecraft’s stand on political equality such an outlying belief in her day? Describe how differently history could have turned out if women had received the right to vote (and at least some degree of political and social equality) prior to 1800.


--In the Enlightenment, was the most noteworthy new belief that of separation of powers, that people have natural rights, laissez faire, or religious tolerance? Explain your reasoning.

-- Regarding the Stamp Act, Currency Act, Quartering Act, and Sugar Act, which do you think would have been hardest to live with/under and why?

--Was France better off after its revolution, why or why not?

--Consider all points of view within the White Man’s Burden. Does anything like it exist in society today? Why or why not? Explain your answer fully.

--Should the Vietnam War have happened? Why or why not? Explain where in history a decision could have been made to prevent war from breaking out. Explain where in history a decision could have been made to result in a different outcome for the war.

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